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Length: 111 mins
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West
Colette was a truly modern, complex woman: a libertine and bisexual, she also made her fortune from her wits and pushed back against the patriarchy. In Wash Westmoreland’s (Still Alice) elegant and fizzing biopic, she is brought to life by Keira Knightley, in one of her best roles to date.
An elegant but not sanitised view of fin de siècle Paris, we watch as Colette is seduced and married by notorious rake Willy (Dominic West). Pushed into ghostwriting novels for this charismatic cad, she uses her exuberance to push back against all constrictions placed on her in this rich portrait of a dazzling talent.
“Keira Knightley delivers a playfully sly, subtly nuanced performance in director and co-writer Wash Westmoreland’s biographical drama about the titular French writer and performer.” ★★★★ – The Guardian
“In the wrong films Knightley is a pretty girl with a small bag of tricks. In the right ones she’s formidable. Crucially here, she also cuts it as a wordsmith.” – Evening Standard
“Keira Knightley is magnetic in a Paris-set period drama with a dollop of queer feminist energy.” ★★★★ – Time Out