An unfashionably dull biopic
If you liked La Vie en Rose, then you’ll love, well, energetically acted films about French chanteuses featuring authentic Gallic atmosphere. But there’s certainly no guarantee you’ll enjoy this torpid, directionless plod through the early life of Coco Chanel.
Audrey Tautou stars as the fashion designer whose sleek,
unfussy designs defined mid-20th century couture, but, a few clumsy nods towards later developments aside, you will discover little about Coco’s signature innovations in Anne Fontaine’s film.
Taking its lead from Batman Begins as much as from La Vie en Rose, the picture follows Coco from her time as a cabaret singer – “We’ll call you Coco,” an admirer tells the young Gabrielle Chanel – to her relationship with two unsuitable men and, after an age of inactivity, to modest success as a milliner.
Every now and then the perky young woman makes a tart