An un­fash­ion­ably dull biopic

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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

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