Cool Calm Colette (Movie Thoughts: Colette)

large_colette-poster‘Colette’ is good, but it could have been better. The film is sort of a biography of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, but is mostly known as Colette. She was a feminist before that term existed, a trailblazer if there ever was one. The film smartly tracks her path from a small town girl who got swept off her feet by Henry Gauthier-Villars, who released books under the name Willy (these said books are ghost-written by other people)  After Willy’s deals with these writer dried up (mostly from bad financial transactions) he forces his Gaby to write something for him, and the result is the’Claudine’ series, which becomes a Parisian sensation. When Colette tries to get her independence from him, things go awry, and with that she explores her same-sex afflictions. While Director Wash Westmoreland does a great job on the first half of the film, the second part seems muddled. I don’t get some of the motivation on some of Colette’s actions, resulting on some WTF moments. Keira Knightley as Colette is fantastic, and she goes through the transformation of Colette well from provincial to Parisian. A lot of times she cuts through her underwritten character. She brings real heart and soul to Colette, but I just still could not connect to her. It’s mostly me, for sure, as the audience started clapping for her when the credits came up.

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