Keira Knightley is Colette. Set at the dawn of the modern age, Colette is the story of a woman who has been denied her voice by an overbearing man, and who goes to extraordinary lengths to find it; a battle of the sexes at the very beginning of the modern age, when huge shifts were taking place in the roles of men and women.
More than a century after the publication of her first novel, Colette is still one of the best-selling, and beloved, French authors.
The movie tells Colette’s story, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette has married a charismatic egomaniacal man of letters, 14 years her older than her, known only as, Willy. Colette is introduced into the world of the artistic demi-monde in Paris where her creative appetite is sparked. Ever quick to capitalise on talent, Willy permits Colette to write her novels only if she does so in his name.
The phenomenal success of her Claudine series makes Willy a famous writer and Colette and Willy the first modern celebrity couple. Although they are the toast of the town, lack of recognition for her work begins to frustrate Colette. Their marriage starts to break down – but emotionally and artistically, she cannot break free of him. On a downward slide, Willy resorts to increasingly desperate measures to pay his debts and sabotage his wife but Colette is developing resources of her own.
The film stars Keira Knightley in the title role of Colette, the cast also includes Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Eleanor Tomlinson, Robert Pugh and Ray Panthaki. and is directed by Wash Westmoreland.
The film will be released in UK cinemas by Lionsgate in January 2019.
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