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CO­LETTE

This biopic tells the story of revered French nov­el­ist Co­lette (exquisitely played by Keira Knightley), whose first fic­tional cre­ation, saucy school­girl Clau­dine, was a huge sen­sa­tion in France in 1900 and be­came a mer­chan­dis­ing gold­mine. Pres­sured to write by her charis­matic hus­band, Willy (Do­minic West), Co­lette lets him take the credit for Clau­dine un­til his in­fi­deli­ties and fi­nan­cial be­tray­als drive her to leave him (for a woman) and re­claim her au­thor­ship. The fas­ci­nat­ing film fol­lows Co­lette up un­til 1906, and brings the sen­su­ous world of Belle Epoque Paris and its per­sonal in­trigues vividly to life. ★★★★ ★

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