Coco Before Chanel Available on DVD NOW
A little girl who is sent with her sister to an orphanage in the heart of France, who waits in vain every Sunday for her father to come for her...
A cabaret performer with a weak voice who sings to an audience of drunken soldiers...
A humble seamstress, who stitches hems at the back of a provincial tailor's shop...
A young, skinny courtesan, to whom protector Etienne Balsan offers a safe haven, amongst the idle and decadent...
A woman in love who knows she will never be anyone's wife, refusing marriage even to Boy Capel, the man who returned her love...
A rebel who finds the conventions of her time oppressive, and instead dresses in her lovers' clothes...
This is the story of Gabrielle Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.
The film charts the rise of an ambitious, difficult woman as she made her way finally to Paris and became the icon we all know. After becoming a mistress to an older millionaire, our heroine was introduced to polite society and found fame designing clothes for wealthy women. But her success was bittersweet as she fell for a dashing Englishman (Alessandro Nivola) and embarked on an affair of which no good could come.
While visually gorgeous, there's little to engage the heart with few surprises within the linear storyline. Coco Chanel was born in a provincial town and orphaned at a young age, yet the film does not mention of this. Meanwhile, Tautou looks a lot like an actress who is out of her depth.
Because of her background, it was no doubt this why she started to feel impassioned towards changing the current French society 'dress-to-impress' high society establishment. The clothes are fabulous. The film may be a story of a poor young girl but Director Fontaine challenges himself to make her look stunning in every and all situations.
I only wish Tautou had been as tough and fierce as I imagined Chanel to be. But the film is so beautifully shot and executed I found Coco Before Chanel to be a refreshing and hugely enjoyable sunday afternoon DVD with beautiful production values, a graceful performance from the leading lady and a charming and irresistible escape from the goings on in the world at this time.
Optimum Home Entertainment has announced the DVD and Blu-ray release of Coco Before Chanel for the 23rd of November, priced at around £17.99 and £24.99 respectively. A list of all confirmed bonus material can be found below, along with the art.
* Coco Before Chanel: The Meeting (Includes Interviews with Director Anne Fontaine and Actress Audrey Tatou)
* Making of Featurette
* Commentary with Writer/Director Anne Fontaine
Also see our RAGS TO RICHES special feature