Clichés and more clichés. TV movie. I had the feeling to visit a Museum of Decorative Arts, that's all and that's not enough. In short, Anne Fontaine is not Julie Taymor and Coco Chanel was no Frida Kahlo. A DVD zone lost time that will never come back.
what a disappointment. this film appears to badly want to be 'la vie en rose'. tautou puts in another brilliant turn, confirming her place as one of the worlds best. yet Fontaine got this very badly wrong. the story deserves better than this, coco chanel deserves better than this, which is just another hollywood-lite picture oversentamentalised till any semblance of emotional intensity is dead.
This is the kind of sentimental "chick flick" that doesn't do any favors for women in cinema. It's a competent but unremarkable effort that drifts from scene to scene without much introspection. Why not explore the odd dichotomy of a fiercely independent woman whose success depended heavily on the patronage of wealthy men? Only Tautou's presence and the gorgeous clothes recreated by C. Leterrier kept my interest.
I see lots of similarity between this movie with Cottilard's La Vie en Rose, but somehow I still prefer Cottilard's.. Tautou did a good job as usual but I need more than good, I need a great one. The story will be so much better if they focus on the career not the love story which I think is not that special.
I get that Chanel is known for her minimalism during her day and age, but the dresses she designed in the movie were just not appealing. Reminded me more of minimalist Jil Sander rather than decadent Chanel. It's quite ironic that Chanel is now perceived as a more over-the-top brand whereas Coco thought differently.
Quite dull: I feel as though I never got a full sense of Coco's character, beyond the predictable and abstract. I am sure there was so much more to her beyond the men in her life and her certain bluntness! However it was also quite luxurious, and Audrey Tatou is sublime!!!!!!!