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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

Credited cast:
Keira Knightley ... Colette
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Georgie Raoul-Duval
Dominic West ... Willy
Fiona Shaw ... Sido
Aiysha Hart ... Polaire
Denise Gough ... Missy
Al Weaver ... Schwob
Robert Pugh ... Jules
Rebecca Root ... Rachilde
Ray Panthaki ... Veber
Shannon Tarbet ... Meg
Caroline Boulton ... Flossy
Dickie Beau ... Wague
Arabella Weir ... Mme De Caillavet
Janine Harouni ... Jeanne De Caillavet
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After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-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. She 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. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Written by Bleecker Street

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

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English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (UK) 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:

$3,090,253, 18 October 2018
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According to Keira Knightley, it was illegal for women to wear men's clothing in that time period in France. See more »

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Colette, while naming trees to Willy, calls one a "Douglas fir". Douglas fir is native to North America and would not have been found in the countryside outside of Paris. See more »

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Wish I would have checked out the story more
17 October 2018 | by coastdazeSee all my reviews

From the trailer I thought this was going to be one of those English type dramas that I love so much. I like Keira Knightly generally and was looking forward to a good drama. Was I disappointed to find this is the story of a couple of people who were talented but rather seedy characters. What is talent without character? Nothing, imo. Had I known the storyline, I would have definitely passed this one up. It's a DVD rental if even that. Bottomline the trailer was misleading, therefore it's on me that I didn't look further into this story before going to the movies.


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