Coco avant Chanel (2009)

In the ongoing tradition of French biopics, Coco Chanel gets her turn (and a second turn in a new film about her alleged liason with Igor Stravinsky).

The film tracks Coco's life during her relationship with a wealthy Étienne Balsan, from their encounter in a tavern, through their mutually beneficial time together to their break up. What we witness more than an evolution of clothing style is a solidification of her tragic independence.

While her style and influence in the world of women's fashion (with an emphasis on simplicity and comfort) is commendable and her early years as an abandoned child is lamentable, Ms. Chanel did not exhibit a terribly envious lifestyle.

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