Keira Knightly brings the French novelist Colette vividly to life in this exhilirating biopic (biopics are clearly an unintended theme of this season’s programme!). Paired with an excellent Dominic West as her husband Willy who persuades Colette to ghostwrite a novel that becomes a sensation, Knightly gives a career-best performance as we follow Colette’s fight to own her creations—and identity—as she smashes society’s constraints around literature, gender roles, fashion and sexual expression.
Friday, August 23rd 2019
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm
Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes
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And the critics say…
“In the wrong films Knightley is a pretty girl with a small bag of tricks. In the right ones she’s formidable. Crucially here, she also cuts it as a wordsmith.” Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard
“There is a cheeky flourish in their [director Wash Westomoreland and writer Richard Glatzer] script here, when Willy declares that Claudine “astounds us with her moxie”. This film does much the same.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“As a historical drama that hits all the marks for acting, story and sheer visual delight, Colette is not to be missed.” Cate Marquis, We Are Movie Geeks
“In her best role since Saul Dibb’s 2008 period drama The Duchess, Knightley brings Colette to life with a performance that blends grit with glamour in seemingly effortless fashion.” Mark Kermode, The Observer