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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

From rags to riches to Haute-Couture: the incredible story of Coco Chanel. 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

Coco Chanel wears a heavy overcoat on the beach in Deauville, looking out on the English Chanel. When Boy joins her moments later, the overcoat is gone. 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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Soundtracks

La boiteuse du regiment
Performed by Claudia Mauro and Patrick Laviosa
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Beautiful but boring
5 August 2010 | by vanessalockeSee all my reviews

Pretty much everything about this movie is perfect. The costumes, the hairstyles, the cinematography, the story and it is just over all a very beautiful film. The only problem is, its slightly boring.

Gabrielle, nickname Coco (Audrey Tautou), and her sister (Marie Gallain) grow up as orphans and later make money as seamstresses during the day and singing at a bar by night. When her sister leaves her to get married to a baron, Coco decides to leave, too. She stays with a friend/lover where she meats the man that helps her change her life.

As I said, Coco before Chanel is a stunningly beautiful film. The costumes are obviously a huge part of the films look but I also loved the hairstyles. Cocos whole style is just gorgeous. I am so glad that it was filmed in French, which gives it a sort of authenticity that an English version would have lacked. Audrey Tautou is great, as always. She has such a strong presence on screen and is just so beautiful to watch.

Watching Gabrielle grow into Coco is very inspiring. It really shows that you have to stay true to yourself and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something or shouldn't wear something. The story itself is very interesting but it is told in a very slow way that made me constantly grab my ipad to play Farm Story. That is never a good sign.

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Details

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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