Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coco Avant Chanel

I've established the fact that I am now a huge fan of European Cinema. Coco Avant Chanel (2009) is a French film which is not only great, it has so much style and flair that Chanel herself would be impressed.
The film follows Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's (Audrey Tatou) earlier life, depicting how she went from rags to riches by using her talent of designing clothes. From the time she was 9 years old and living in an orphanage, Coco knew she had to make her own way. Her and her sister were singers at a restaurant, but when her sister left her to marry a baron, Coco went and stayed at a rich friends and began to design hats-without feathers. Coco started the trend of women wearing pants, dresses without corsets, shoes without heels and hats without feathers. And this is what made her famous.
Coco Avant Chanel is a beautiful and stunning portrait, which unfortunately slows down through the middle and fails to keep attention. Though it's a roller coaster of a film, Audrey Tatou delivers a fantastic performance as the amazing Chanel. I learnt a lot about the famous fashion designer, through the heart-breaks and happiness entangled in the script.
I loved it, though it was a flawed masterpiece.

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