Directed by Wash Westmoreland. UK. 2018. R. 1 hour 51 minutes. Bleecker Street. Digital.
Fri., October 12, 2018 thru Thu., October 25, 2018
After marrying a successful Parisian man of letters known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel, about a brazen country girl named Claudine, that becomes a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris, and their adventures go on to inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s subsequent fight over the creative ownership of these books defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Access reviews at Metacritic.
“These are fun, mischievous, and intelligent characters to spend time with, even when they’re behaving less than nobly. The film may perhaps face criticism for being too polite to turn Willy into an irredeemable villain until the final minutes, but the ups and downs of Colette’s relationship with him is one of its more nuanced features. Politeness may be the film’s weakest point, whether with its characters or bedroom scenes. But it’s hardly something to complain about, especially when the company is this lively.” – Emily Yoshida, Vulture
“Throughout, Knightley reminds us of her star-making charm, something that’s been kept under a bushel a bit in recent years. It’s great to see her in peak form again; her Colette is piquant and smart, an unpretentious sophisticate with a curious, productive mind. Colette’s journey toward autonomy and fulfilment is not without its bumps, and yet we’re always certain that great things await her.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair