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
The works of Colette have often been adapted for the cinema, the most famous being "Gigi" by Vincente Minnelli (1958) and "Chéri" by Stephen Frears (2009). The French writer was portrayed by Mathilda May in "Devenir Colette" and by Marie Trintignant in the television movie "Colette, a free woman" made in 2003 by her mother Nadine Trintignant. See more »
The musical setting of Yeats' poem Down by the Sally Gardens likewise was published in 1909. See more »
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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 »