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Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

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Wash Westmoreland

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Richard Glatzer (screenplay by), Wash Westmoreland (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keira Knightley ... Colette
Fiona Shaw ... Sido
Dominic West ... Willy
Robert Pugh ... Jules
Sloan Thompson ... Matilde
Arabella Weir ... Mme. de Caillavet
Máté Haumann ... Count Muffat
Ray Panthaki ... Veber
Al Weaver ... Schwob
Virág Bárány Virág Bárány ... Lotte Kinceler
Dickie Beau ... Wague
Kylie Watt Kylie Watt ... Opera Singer
Janine Harouni ... Jeanne de Caillavet
Jake Graf ... Gaston de Caillavet
Joe Geary Joe Geary ... Bailiff
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After marrying successful Parisian writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. Colette, in turn, pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After it's success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Written by jesusblack-30225

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$161,179, 23 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,137,622, 29 November 2018
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2.35 : 1
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The outer shots were shot in Paris but the French countryside was reconstructed in the regions of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. Due to the lack of budget needed to shoot entirely in Paris, the team also moved to Budapest where it shot in natural settings and Origo studios. See more »

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Although the characters are French, and the film is set in France, they all have British accents. See more »

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Colette: I Can Read You Like The Top Line of an Optician's Chart.
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There is a dedication to Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote the film's screenplay with Wash Westmoreland, shortly before the closing credits: "For Richard". See more »


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Faust - Valse et Choeur, Ne Permettrez-Vous Pas Me Belle Demoiselle
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Performed by L'Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (as Choeur et Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse), Michel Plasson
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Wrong Language Wrong Cast-
20 December 2018 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

My main criticism of this film is that in my view iconic non English characters rarely work if portrayed by actors of another nationality. I suspect I may have enjoyed this interesting story based on the real life experiences of .possibly the most famous female French .author Colette more as a French film with French actors. I just think it may have lost some of the subtlety of language and atmosphere The actors Keira Knightley as Colette and Dominic West as her husband Wily are good in their roles but imagine for example Beatrice Potter portrayed by Audrey Tattou or Agatha Christie starring Marion Cotillard it would be odd to my mind also and fail to successfully capture their Englishness . In this movie the dialogue is totally English but when Colette is writing, she writes in French, perhaps I'm too picky , it just seemed a little strange. The story of a husband taking the fame and literary credit for his wife's brilliant writing talent and the wife's compliance to hold a marriage together was told earlier this year far far more effectively in "The Wife" starring Glenn Close. This film is about Colette but at times seems dominated and more about Wily the husband they seem to me at times both totally unstable and incompatible especially sexually and emotionally. Willy, fourteen years older than his wife and one of the most notorious libertines in Paris, introduced Colette into avant-garde intellectual and artistic circles while engaging in sexual affairs and encouraging her own lesbian It's worth seeing , not great or an award contender as far as I'm concerned but a very interesting story about a fascinating character who wrote the famous Claudine novels and of course her famous 1944 novel Gigi, which inspired the much loved Lerner and Loewe musical of the same name.


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