Reviews of Coco Before Chanel
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English Title: Coco Before Chanel
Original Title: Coco avant Chanel
Language: French, English
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writers: Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine, Edmonde Charles-Roux
To be frank, this biographic film about legendary Gabrielle Chanel is disappointedly plain and perfunctory although it has a Chanelesque panache in its appearance and hardware. For me the dialogue is poorly written, full of clichés which could be easily eavesdropped during any cheap romantic chick flick.
As it is a film about Chanel (especially as the title itself suggests that it’s a film about her life before global success), the importance is to underline the uniqueness inside her which would bring her the later prestige fame, unfortunately the payoff of the film is her two bog-standard relationship both as a mistress, which eludes the most intriguing question, how could she manage to infuse her offbeat talent into the fashion business at her time? The film skimps a larger portion of it (which we could only witness from her intermittent scenes with Emilienne, an underperformed Emmanuelle Devos).
Audrey Tautou did a great job to showcase Coco’s pride and fragile in the same shot, as for two supporting lovers, Alessandro Nivola is handsome enough, but with a rather wooden performance, the chemistry between the lovebirds is far from convincing, which directly hampers the whole keynote of the film and demotes Coco’s personal mien as well. On the contrary the ordinary-looking Benoit Poelvoorde deserves more recognition for his rough but more empathized interpretation as the rich womanizer, Baron Balsan.
The fancy costumes of the film are worth appraising and it doesn’t matter if you are in fashion business or not. But we are not watching a documentary or a fashion show, it is beyond its power to save the film itself from being a mediocre one.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
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 a rise to fame story, this is about how she entered the fashion world. I was more interested in her struggles as a young woman with no place in society, fighting the odds. Anyway, we all know about the fantastic life of C.C. but this movie unveiled what happened before the magazine covers and worldwide craze, and Lagerfeld. And that’s what I wanted to see.
- Currently 5.0/5 Stars.
This was my biggest disappointment of 2009. I was looking forward to this movie for months and I am a huge fan of Audrey Tautou. However the film let me know. The story was very slow and mostly uninteresting. Most of the characters were dull and there was very little character development. And more importantly this is suppose to be about one of the famous important fashion personas of the world, yet most of the film was about social-climbing instead of Fashion. Though, the DP Christophe Beaucarne did a fantastic job. Wish the screenwriters of this film were as talented…
- Currently 2.0/5 Stars.