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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 overview, first billed only:
Keira Knightley ... Colette
Fiona Shaw ... Sido
Dominic West ... Willy
Robert Pugh ... Jules
Sloan Thompson Sloan Thompson ... Matilde
Arabella Weir ... Mme. de Caillavet
Máté Haumann ... Count Muffat
Ray Panthaki ... Veber
Al Weaver ... Schwob
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 its 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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The director decided to cast some transgender actors as cisgender characters: Jake Graf as Gaston De Caillavet and Rebecca Root as novelist Rachilde. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film the Wisteria is in bloom suggesting that it is late spring, however Colette's mother asks her to pick some Blackberries, which would not be ripe for picking until late summer/early autumn. See more »

Quotes

Willy: You're overreacting. This was purely a business decision.
Colette: Isn't that what our whole marriage has been? Wasn't I the best investment you ever made? No dowry, but my God, she can write for her keep!
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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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Seguidilla and Duet: Pres des Ramparts de Seville from Carmen
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by Graciela Alperyn (mezzo-soprano), Giorgio Lamberti (tenor) and Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc.
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Colette review by Hogan Coad
25 March 2019 | by pronoun36See all my reviews

My thoughts regarding Collette are conflicted to say the least. On one hand, the film is a well-acted, complex love story. On the other hand, it's a well-acted mess that doesn't know what it wants to say. I'll begin by covering the one element of the film I know I liked: the leads. Keira Knightly and Dominic West are a great onscreen couple. They both have human flaws, but the script also acknowledges the true affection between them. In addition to their romance, they also share a relationship as business partners, adding another layer of complexity to their relationship. Through the progression of this love story, I didn't hate one or idolize the other, which I admired on a screenwriting level. However, about halfway through the film, the dialogue and tone start to side with Collette more and more even though the previous scenes never indicated the story held this ethical position. I understand that her name is the title of the picture, but there are still biographical films that don't necessarily support the central figure's motives or actions. In the first hour or so, the film seemed to simply display Colette's life without assigning the roles of a good or bad guy. The story focused and kept the central dramatic elements in check. After this, Colette starts, I don't want to say "falling apart", rather biting off more than it can chew. New characters are introduced quite literally out of nowhere even though they play very important roles. Colette also starts pursuing a career in theatre for reasons that are never really explained. And her husband Willy (Dominic West) is suddenly made out to as the film's antagonist. I would not mind this dramatic shift if more time was dedicated to the relationship. But like I said, there are so many separate events unfolding in the last hour or so that it's impossible to make sense of it all. In fact, the end credits reveal even more important events took place later in her life, that I quite frankly would have liked to see. I think the film makers struggled deciding what approach to use while telling this story. At first, the film seemed purely subjective as it took a neutral stance and simply showed the events one after another. Perhaps the writers later decided they weren't comfortable with this approach and took a one-sided angle for the rest of the project. I don't prefer one point of view over the other, but I wish Colette would have committed to a single method of cinematic storytelling. I've though about this film a lot and have decided to give it a small recommendation. It is a well acted, well-directed, and well-shot picture from beginning to end, but there is a distracting perspective shift that audiences should be aware of.


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Opening Weekend USA:

$161,179, 23 September 2018

Gross USA:

$5,137,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,273,033
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