Firstly I want to say sorry for the radio silence over these first few weeks of the New Year, Hope you all have had a wonderful start to 2019! I personally needed to take some time off of my online work for a little bit. After a busy few months I decided to take some out to recuperate before starting back up for 2019.. So here it is my first Film Review of the New Year, Enjoy!
> Date Seen: 3rd January 2018 <
This is a really interesting film based on a true story of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (played by Keira Knightley) . A famous French writer who started ghost writing for her husband Henry Gauthier-Villars or better known as his nom de plume Willy (played by Dominic West). And when their book Claudine is a great success she seeks to have her name on the book also and fights for her own independent life.
“My name is Gabrielle Colette and the hand that holds the pen writes history.”
– Colette, Colette (Westmoreland, 2018)
We start the film off in Colette’s family home in the countryside, seeing her simple life with no great money to her name as Willy visits from Paris. We see their spark as they are in love and marry, both moving to Paris.
Over the years of the film we see Colette grow more into herself as she comes out of her shell as part of Paris society and dealing with the things in her life, such as Willy’s affairs – having the problem with the secrets he kept and not the action itself. She becomes this woman you would now say as more ‘modern’ as she just wants an honest relationship and not necessarily a monogamous one.
The pair become this famous brand with the Claudine series and have their string of affairs – one of which being with the same woman, Georgie Raoul-Duval (played by Eleanor Tomlinson), another secret on Willy’s part which tears more of a divide between the two of them.
Overall this film is a great flowing show of the great woman that Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was. Played brilliantly by Kiera Knightly you can see her as a real forefront woman pushing the ‘gender norms’ and the feminist movement for France that you simply want to know more about such a self-assured woman.