The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

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Anne Fontaine
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Gabrielle Chanel
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Étienne Balsan
Alessandro Nivola ... Boy Capel
Marie Gillain ... Adrienne Chanel
Emmanuelle Devos ... Emilienne d'Alençon
Régis Royer Régis Royer ... Alec, le jockey
Etienne Bartholomeus Etienne Bartholomeus ... Maître d'hôtel Balsan (as Étienne Bartholomeus)
Yan Duffas Yan Duffas ... Maurice de Nexon
Fabien Béhar Fabien Béhar ... Patron boutique (as Fabien Behar)
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... Jean, le palefrenier
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Directeur beuglant
Pierre Diot Pierre Diot ... Acteur théâtre
Vincent Nemeth Vincent Nemeth ... Gros homme théâtre
Bruno Abraham-Kremer Bruno Abraham-Kremer ... Tailleur Deauville
Lisa Cohen Lisa Cohen ... Gabrielle Chanel, 10 ans
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Storyline

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, adopting the nickname Coco from her father in early childhood. 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 J-26

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Before she was France's famous mademoiselle... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In 1967, Katharine Hepburn was planning to make a musical of Chanel's life, with Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe providing the songs. It was canceled after a series of high-profile, big budget musical flops. See more »

Goofs

Etienne wields a polo mallet with his left hand. That's forbidden under modern polo rules, but 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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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #24.4 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Black Baby
Written by Scott Joplin
Performed by Vanessa Wagner
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A wonderful atmosphere, but...
23 August 2009 | by glittehSee 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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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coco Before Chanel See more »

Filming Locations:

Cabourg, Calvados, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$406,768, 27 September 2009

Gross USA:

$6,113,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,812,934
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cable)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (final shot)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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