Coco Before Chanel

Movie information

One must suffer to be beautiful. Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.
Released on:
September 25, 2009 (NY, LA)

Previously Announced Release Dates:
September 18, 2009

Production Companies:
Haut et Court, Cine @, Warner Bros
Sony Classics

Status: Released

This film was Previously Known As:
"Coco avant Chanel"

Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Benoi Poelvoorde, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain

Director: Anne Fontaine

Screenwriter: Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine, Christopher Hampton
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Bio
About the film:
A little girl who is sent with her sister to an orphanage in the heart of France, who waits in vain every Sunday for her father to come for her...
A cabaret performer with a weak voice who sings to an audience of drunken soldiers...
A humble seamstress, who stitches hems at the back of a provincial tailor's shop...
A young, skinny courtesan, to whom protector Etienne Balsan offers a safe haven, amongst the idle and decadent...
A woman in love who knows she will never be anyone’s wife, refusing marriage even to Boy Capel, the man who returned her love...
A rebel who finds the conventions of her time oppressive, and instead dresses in her lovers' clothes...
This is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.

Project Timeline:
May 18, 2007: Project announced. Director: Anne Fontaine, Cast: Audrey Tautou to star
Aug. 26, 2008: Distributor: Warner Bros, Status: filming starts Sep. 15, 2008
Box Office: Opening weekend: $177,339 (5 theaters) | Domestic Total: $6.11 mil.
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