Historical drama about the French novelist Colette, whose provocative debut – falsely credited to her husband – becomes the toast of Paris, triggering a battle for identity, equality, and self-determination at the dawn of the feminist age.

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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, celebrated French writer and gay icon, was not your average early-20th-century woman. And COLETTE is not your average period drama. We meet Colette as a teenage girl in the Burgundian countryside, infatuated with Willy, a charming but much older Parisian publisher. When she joins him in the city as his bride, Colette begins to turn heads. Ripe for adventure and unafraid of her desires, Colette challenges the social and gender conventions, and sexual taboos, of Belle Époque Paris.
Willy is all in – at first. He even encourages Colette to write as one of his ‘factory’ authors, and the fruits of her labour, the Claudine books, quickly become a literary sensation.
Wash Westmoreland (STILL ALICE) captures Colette and her world with an intelligence, passion, and wit worthy of the writer herself. Colette’s battle to have her voice heard in a patriarchal society is as relevant today as it was more than one hundred years ago.

Wash Westmoreland, USA, UK, 2018, 111 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlison, Dominic West, Aiysha Hart, Fiona Shaw.