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  • Starring: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West
  • Director: Wash Westmoreland
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 111 min.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

"The best and most lavishly appointed, gorgeously photographed period movie in years. "
- Rex Reed, Observer
"Knightley gives one of her best performances as a girl with spirit and talent who becomes a woman with ferocity and a voice."
- Nell Minow,
"Knightley shines in period films (Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice) and here inflects Colette with a boldness and forthrightness that create a bridge between Belle Epoque Paris and today's zeitgeist."
- Erica Abeel, Film Journal International
"This is the firebrand Colette that Knightley plays with every fiber of her being. She’s something to see."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The script, co-written by director Wash Westmoreland; his late husband, Richard Glatzer; and Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Disobedience), is fun, delightfully sharp, and at times surprisingly tender. "
- Alex Barasch, Slate
"Westmoreland means to celebrate Colette the literary titan and bisexual pioneer, and to dissolve your initial outrage at her mistreatment in a warm bath of feel-good satisfaction. But he also wants to paint a lively, credible portrait of a genuinely complicated marital arrangement and to show how one woman’s genius could flourish even amid so much oppression and compromise."
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Colette is an origin story, a tale of metamorphosis rather than of already formed greatness. What interests Mr. Westmoreland is how a self-described country girl became a woman of the world, a transformation that in its deeper, more intimately mysterious registers remains out of reach of this movie and of the hard-working Ms. Knightley. "
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times