director Anne Fontaine -- and for Ms Fontaine to have put Chanel herself into the hands of actress Audrey Tautou. Neither would have been TrustMovies' initial (or even secondary) choice, but now that he's seen the result, gratitude is his major response.
Never anything close to what we Americans might call main-
stream, Fontaine (shown, right) is a personal filmmaker (aren't most of the French?) who goes her own way, often taking some major French talent along with her -- Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Charles Berling, Miou-Miou, Emmanuelle Béart, Fabrice Luchini , Roschdy Zem-- in films like The Girl from Monaco, Dry Cleaning and Nathalie. Instead of filling this bio-pic with the usual "turning point" moments that make for multitudinous climaxes and soap opera shenanigans, Fontaine slips these as small details into her scenario with enough grace and subtlety that it's more when we think back on the film than when we are watching that we're even aware of them.
|Coco Before Chanel begins its theatrical run via Sony Pictures Classics, on Friday, September 25, in New York and Los Angeles. A complete listing of release dates and cities and theatres can be found here.|