Colette (15)

Colette
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Forget what you know about biopics, Keira Knightley dazzles in this witty, sensual and surprising portrait of Belle Époque-era literary figure Colette, by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).

Free-thinking country girl Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is introduced to the artistic world of Paris by her new husband, a charismatic egomaniacal man of letters, Willy (Dominic West).

Willy permits Colette to write her novels only if she does so in his name, and the phenomenal success of her Claudine series makes Willy a famous writer, and Colette and Willy the first modern celebrity couple. The lack of recognition begins to gnaw on Colette – but emotionally and artistically, she cannot break free of him.

As Willy resorts to increasingly desperate measures to pay his debts and sabotage his wife, Colette develops resources of her own and breaks new ground for women in writing, fashion and sexual expression.

More than a century after her first novel, Colette is still one of the best-selling, and beloved, French authors.

UK/US 2018 Dir Wash Westmoreland 111 min

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Podcast: Wash Westmoreland / Colette

Wash Westmoreland’s latest feature is a sensual biopic of 19th century writer Colette. He talks to us about Keira Knightley’s love of period films, and his motivation to tell the story of a woman fighting for her place in a creative industry.

Barbican Cinema 2 & 3