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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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Trivia

According to Keira Knightley, it was illegal for women to wear men's clothing in that time period in France. 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

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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Children's Corner, L.113: VI Cakewalk
Written by Claude Debussy
Arranged by Anthony Weeden
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Acting is Top Notch But the Movie Could Use an Infusion of Dramatic Tension
13 December 2018 | by larrys3See all my reviews

The acting here is top notch all around, led by Knightley and West. But I can see how many reviewers were turned off by this very much dialogue driven movie. The film, in my opinion, could have used a big infusion of dramatic tension, so although I was interested in the characters I never was able to invest emotionally in them.

Finally, why the filmmakers chose to show us virtually nothing of the enormous successes Colette (Knightley) went on to later in life (as I had to read about it in the postscripts) I have no idea. They seemed more interested in showing us much more of her sexual preferences. One final thought, I thought it was funny how the Claudine novels basically went "viral" over 100 years before its current meaning in our world of computers and social media.


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