Director: Wash Westmoreland
Duration: 1h 51m
Starring: Keira Knightly, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West
At the end of the 19th century, country girl Colette (Keira Knightly) marries a charismatic egomaniac named Willy (Dominic West), who unlocks the door to the tantalizing artistic world of the Parisian literacy scene. Willy has Colette write novels under his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine series makes Willy famous and elevates them both to the high life.
Although she is now the toast of the town, the lack of artistic recognition begins to gnaw at Colette. Fuelled by Willy’s infidelities and Colette’s growing interest in women, their marriage starts to collapse. On a downward spiral, Willy resorts to increasingly desperate measures to pay his debts and sabotage his wife, but Colette is developing resources of her own.
‘In her best role since The Duchess, Knightley brings Colette to life with a performance that blends grit with glamour in seemingly effortless fashion.’ Mark Kermode, The Guardian