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CO­LETTE lov­ingly de­tails the true story of the French nov­el­ist, who chal­lenged the sup­posed lim­i­ta­tions of her gen­der in early 20th-cen­tury Paris.

The film is a hand­somely ap­pointed bat­tle of words be­tween Keira Knight­ley’s du­ti­ful wife turned trail­blazer and Dominic West’s dom­i­neer­ing hus­band.

Si­donie-Gabrielle Co­lette (Knight­ley) mar­ries well re­garded au­thor Henry Gau­thierVil­lars (West), who op­er­ates un­der the pen name Willy. He is un­der in­tense pres­sure to de­liver a new work but prefers to de­vote his time to dal­liances rather than pen­man­ship or his wife.

When Willy dis­cov­ers POL­I­TICS and sleaze have be­come de­press­ingly fre­quent bed­fel­lows in re­cent years, ush­er­ing us into an era where the press and so­cial me­dia scru­ti­nise the moral fi­bre of our pub­lic ser­vants.

Di­rec­tor Ja­son Reit­man’s sharp-suited drama un­folds sev­eral years be­fore Mon­ica Lewin­sky’s dress stained global con­scious­ness.

The film fo­cuses on three tu­mul­tuous weeks in the late 1980s, when po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ism abruptly shifted fo­cus Co­lette’s gift with words, he en­cour­ages her to doc­u­ment her for­ma­tive years on the page and takes credit for her first book, Clau­dine A L’Ecole.

The saucy tale of a 15-year-old girl’s rites of pas­sage be­comes a sensation and Henry en­cour­ages Co­lette to pen fur­ther ad­ven­tures for her hero­ine, Clau­dine.

Over time, she be­comes frus­trated that only Willy vis­i­bly prof­its from her ink-stained hours of toil.

The ag­grieved wife re­fuses to re­main si­lent and speaks out with sup­port from lover, no­ble­woman Mathilde de Morny (Denise Gough).

Beau­ti­fully shot, Knight­ley and West are de­light­ful spar­ring part­ners and Gough brings a slow-burn­ing in­ten­sity to her gen­der fluid paramour. from man­i­festos to the per­sonal life of Se­na­tor Gary Hart from Colorado (Hugh Jack­man) af­ter he re­fuses to an­swer ques­tions about an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair. Like Hart’s cam­paign, Reit­man’s film is a slickly or­ches­trated and en­ter­tain­ing cir­cus that stum­bles at the fi­nal hur­dle. THE Preda­tor is a py­rotech­nic-laden tale of “in­ter­stel­lar cops and rob­bers”, which re­sus­ci­tates the fran­chise with a whim­per rather than a bang.

Young, gifted child Rory (Ja­cob Trem­blay, left), ac­ci­den­tally trig­gers the re­turn of ‘The Preda­tor’ to Earth when he tin­kers with a pack­age that con­tains alien tech­nol­ogy his dad sent to their home from a re­cent mil­i­tary mis­sion.

With the govern­ment try­ing to cover up Preda­tor in­cur­sions on Earth, a rag-tag group of mil­i­tary vet­er­ans fight to save the world as the bat­tle spreads from outer space to suburbia.

AVAIL­ABLE to down­load and stream from Jan­uary 11, on DVD /Blu-ray from Jan­uary 28.

Hugh Jack­man as Gary Hart

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