CO­LETTE ★★★★

Directed by Wash West more land. Star­ring Keira Knight­ley, Do­minic West, Eleanor Tom lin son

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Si­donieGabri­elle Co­lette (Knight­ley) is a

pig­tailed teenager liv­ing in a cor­ner of Bur­gundy who is not ad­verse to a roll in the hay with her par­ents’ much older friend Willy (Henry Gau­thier-Vil­lars, played by West). It’s only af­ter the naive coun­try girl has mar­ried and moved to Paris with Willy that she and we come to re­alise that he’s a lit­er­ary fraud. A wom­an­iser, a bully, and gam­bler, Willy won’t let the brink of poverty come be­tween him and whor­ing, so he tells Co­lette to write a novel. She writes a bu­colic tale re­call­ing her child­hood. He trashes it and de­mands a re­write with a fo­cus on the school­girls. The sec­ond draft is a sen­sa­tion, pub­lished un­der Gau­thierVil­lars’s name. It takes a while for Co­lette to emerge from his shadow, but she does so with gusto in this good look­ing cra­dle-to-grave biopic. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 112 min TB

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