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Colette (2018)

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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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Storyline

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

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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-A long process of writing:--Colette's writing began in France in the summer of 2001 under the title of Colette and Willy. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland were planning to settle in a Paris apartment loaned by a friend but they had the unpleasant surprise to discover once there that the housing had been rented. They had to fall back on a country house that turned out to be a fifteenth-century manor in a sorry state without internet or television. Totally cut off from the modern world, the duo was able to lay a first version of the scenario in about ten days. But the writing was far from over: no less than twenty versions of the script have emerged in sixteen years. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Colette: My name is Gabrielle Colette and the hand that holds the pen writes history.
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Crazy Credits

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
Written by Charles Gounod
Performed by L'Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (as Choeur et Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse), Michel Plasson
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To On the Nose
18 November 2018 | by ryanbartlett-870-746486See all my reviews

Keira Knightley continues her push to become someone other than Elizabeth Swan. She has the talent and the following to make it happen, but she has yet to find anything can be as successful as the high grossing films she has been known for her whole career. This time taking on Colette in her journey of becoming famous in her own right, and not just her husbands. Colette follows the journey of many movies before. The story of women who put in the work for other men to succeed instead. This time in the form of a writer whose credit is all given to the husband. Trying to bring this story arc into something new in 2018 they added the additional element of highlighting a sexual relationship with another woman. Not saying it wasn't happening back then, but every movie feels like it makes the movie "better" or more "Oscar worthy" if they include a up to date reference and topic. This movie gave the audience everything they wanted, there wasn't many secrets to be discovered or a plot to want more answers to. It simply gave a story of a hard-working, sly woman who fought her way to the top. In the end, she is where we all expected with the misfit partners that joined ever so slowly. This won't be Keira's non-pirates' breakthrough


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