Coco before chanelDVD - 2010 | French
"...quite beautifully woven, like a classic Chanel tweed. "--USA Today
"Coco is played by Audrey Tautou, and she's phenomenal..."--Wall Street Journal
"...her ambition, as much as her love life, drives the story forward..."--A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The naturalism of Anne Fontaine's film would be at home in a novel by Dreiser. "--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend, Arthur Capel. Includes commentary, and featurettes.
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Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated.