1893, Belle Epoque France: Henry Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West) a self-styled impresario of the publishing world marries the young Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) and whisks her away from her Burgundy countryside to the salons and soirées of Paris.
Better known by his nom de plume, Willy, he convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him as he nurtured, exploited and ultimately betrayed his wife’s writing talent in this tempestuous, convention-defying marriage. 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 that underwrite their lifestyle. Even as she embraced her own desires while revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression, she fought for creative ownership, living in tune with her truest impulses, and left a body of work that speaks uncannily to our time.
(US/ 2018 / Directed by Wash Westmoreland)
R / 111 mins.