Biography Colette

TIFF Review: ‘Colette’

September 11, 2018Ferdosa Abdi

Some may think watching Keira Knightly in yet another period drama would be a bore or repetitive, but Colette will remind you that Knightley is truly in her element. The life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette has never been captured on film before, and it is unlikely to ever reach the heights of director Wash Westmoreland's delightful adaptation.

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley), a plain country girl, is whisked away to Paris after she falls in love and marries Henry "Willy" Gauthier-Villars. Willy (Dominic West) is a literary entrepreneur who employs ghostwriters to write under his name and profits from it. But when the well begins to dry, he enlists the help of his wife, who is actually a talented writer, unwittingly unlocking Gabrielle's potential and setting her upon the path to her becoming Colette.

One of the finest biopics and period dramas of recent years, Colette is an inspired biopic of the famous French novelist. Suffice to say, any and all who value her work will certainly enjoy this exhilarating and honest look at her eventful life.

Colette makes its Canadian premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 52 min.

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