CAST: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh, Eleanor Tomlinson DIRECTOR: Wash Westmoreland
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.
It's a period piece with an eye firmly fixated on the present, and the refreshing nature of Westmoreland's approach is deeply appreciated and significant.Andrew Parker, The Gate
Colette is not just the story of one woman's coming into her own, but also a blueprint for how to do so when just about all the social, cultural, and legal forces in your world are stacked against you.Sarah Boslaugh, TheArtsStl
West is an entertaining if fittingly boorish whirlwind, and his chemistry with Knightley ignites the screen. And she gives one of her fiercest performances as the author who refuses to go down in history as a quiet wife.Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper