Tuesday, December 11
7:00 PM – The Ellen Theatre
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. Rated R. 111 minutes.
“VISUALLY DELIGHTFUL, DELICIOUSLY FUNNY AND DELECTABLY BAWDY, “COLETTE” EARNS KEIRA KNIGHTLEY OFFICIAL STATUS AS QUEEN OF THE PERIOD FILM.” COLIN COVERT, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE
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.
As directed by Wash Westmoreland, with gorgeous cinematography by Giles Nuttgen, Paris comes to life, scrumptiously decadent – and seedy – as Colette navigates the city’s eclectic, gossipy social scene. Closed Caption and Visual Narration available. Rated R (for sexuality and nudity,) the film runs 111 minutes.
“This is the firebrand Colette that Knightley plays with every fiber of her being. She’s something to see.” Peter Traverse, Rolling Stone Magazine