Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She’s both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated. –IMDb
Anne Fontaine (born in Luxembourg, 1959) is a filmmaker and screenwriter who used to be an actor. She lives and works in France.
Born Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc, sister of actor Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc, she went as a young child to live in Lisbon, where her father, Antoine Sibertin-Blanc, is a music professor and cathedral organist. In adolescence she moved to Paris and trained in dance with Joseph Russillo while continuing her academic education, including philosophy. Her husband is Philippe Carcassonne, the film producer, and they have an adopted son who was born in Vietnam.
While still dancing, she was picked by Robert Hossein to play Esmeralda in a 1980 theatrical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame[ and around this time started to use the name Anne Fontaine. She continued with acting and became known for her roles in comedies like Si ma gueule vous plaît… (1981) and P.R.O.F.S.(1985). An opportunity to be assistant director came with a 1986 stage version of… read more
Nice acting, I liked the scenery. Well written dialogues, but the end could have been more impressive.
not what I had expected- a lot of focus on the romance while Chanel is such a wonderful woman. It was not a bad movie but they could've focussed more on how she became big in Paris.
English Title: Coco Before Chanel
Original Title: Coco avant Chanel
Language: French, English
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Anne Fontaine
I think this film was, is great – there was enough ennui, and story. Why is the story uninteresting? I understand it’s more “exciting” to watch endless parade of models in fancy outfits, but this is… read review