Coco Before Chanel

Saturday, 7 November 2009
Movies are such a waste these days.  Going to the theater, paying for a ticket, going to the ladies room that is usually filthy, over-priced snacks, who needs it?  Most movies can't even hold my attention past the first hour.  Not tonight.

My friend Arrianee and I met at the Bijou Arts Cinema in Downtown Eugene to see Coco Before Chanel.  The movie tells the story of the famous designer Chanel and shows how she grew into her own as a young woman without a family.

The movie is in French, sub-titled and completely inspiring.  Audrey Tautou plays Gabrielle (Coco).  Her eyes are almost jet black and her face so skinny, with razor cheek bones.  She reminded me of Julia Roberts, not for the acting but the look.  Beautiful yet severe.

I recommend the movie for the scenery, costumes and the inspirational story line.  Coco worked hard and was never handed her success.

The designer never seemed happy (at least not in this portrayal).  The movie begins with her father dropping her off at an orphanage with her sister.  Coco's eventual lover (she was the mistress) died in a car crash and she never married.

Her career began with her flair for designing straw hats and even after a marriage proposal by a wealthy man, she wanted to make her own fortune.  Coco pushed for a job even when her French sugar daddy told her women are not supposed to work.  She was determined and was confident in her idea of fashion.

2 comments

Mark Addison said...

Hmm... I will have to check it out! I like that actress too, she was in "the DaVinci Code"

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to see this. By default, I love anything with Audrey Tatou in it as well as anyone with the initials CC ;)

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