Coco Before Chanel, a sumptuous period drama about the early career of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel, owes a big debt to another recent film about an iconic Frenchwoman who rose to fame in the first half of the 20th Century – 2007’s Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en rose. Both films depict heroines struggling to overcome grossly deprived backgrounds and winning huge renown at the cost of tragic love lives. Audrey Tautou takes the lead role, and it’s not hard to see shades of Amélie’s cuteness behind Chanel’s steely resolve. For all her performance’s strengths, however, it’s unlikely that she’ll repeat Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-winning triumph.
Released 31st July.
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