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Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Coco avant Chanel (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 6 November 2009 (USA)
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The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

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Étienne Balsan
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Régis Royer ...
Etienne Bartholomeus ...
Maître d'hôtel Balsan (as Étienne Bartholomeus)
Yan Duffas ...
Fabien Béhar ...
Patron boutique (as Fabien Behar)
Roch Leibovici ...
Jean, le palefrenier
Jean-Yves Chatelais ...
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Lisa Cohen ...
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Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar. She's both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entrée into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Before she was France's famous mademoiselle...

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking | See all certifications »

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Budget:

€19,430,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£423,268 (UK) (2 August 2009)

Gross:

$6,109,075 (USA) (7 February 2010)
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation (en France) n° 121049 See more »

Goofs

Etienne wields a polo mallet with his left hand. That's forbidden under modern polo rules, but it was allowed at the time of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[subtitled version of French dialog]
Nun: Girls who have visitors, follow me.
Gabrielle Chanel, 10 ans: Come on. Come on, let's go.
Adrienne Chanel, 10 ans: I don't want to.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode #24.4 (2009) See more »

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Little Black Baby
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A wonderful atmosphere, but...
23 August 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I love Chanel. I can't actually afford the clothes, but that won't stop me from liking them. Just like reading one or two bad reviews didn't stop me from wanting to see 'Coco Avant Chanel'.

The first part of the movie seemed very promising. It didn't take me long to like Coco's character, and everything seemed to have a reasonable pace. Then the movie zooms in on Coco's relationship with 'Boy' and you keep hoping things get interesting, but they don't.

I spent most of the movie admiring the wonderful atmosphere while the lovebirds exchanged meaningful looks. I would have liked this movie more if it paid more attention to things like Coco's hat shop, rather than a relationship of which we all know the ending anyway.

The best thing about this movie is the wonderful atmosphere, but if you don't like slow romance you can skip this one.


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