Coco Chanel

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  • PG
  • 2008
  • 2 hr 19 min
  • 6.8  (3,783)

Coco Chanel is a 2008 made-for-television biopic that showcases the life of the legendary fashion designer, Coco Chanel. The movie opens with a young Coco, who is played by Barbora Bobulova, working as a dressmaker's assistant in a small French town. From there, we follow her journey as she rises to become a leading icon in the world of fashion.

The film explores Madonna's life, including her music career, her relationships, and her unique sense of style. It also dives into Chanel's determination to break free from the traditional roles assigned to women in her time and how she managed to establish herself as one of the most influential designers in the world. Despite facing several challenges and setbacks along the way, she never gave up on her dreams.

As the movie progresses, we see Chanel's fashion empire grow and flourish, and her designs become increasingly popular. We see her develop her signature style, including her famous little black dress and Chanel No. 5 perfume. However, her journey is not without its share of personal difficulties, and we see how her past influences her tumultuous relationships with men and her decision to remain unmarried.

Shirley MacLaine delivers a powerful performance as an older Coco, and her portrayal showcases the designer's character flaws and strengths in equal measure. We see the designer's love for her work and her passion for creating beautiful clothing as well as her vulnerabilities, including her fear of rejection and her personal struggles.

Olivier Sitruk plays the romantic interest in the movie, the financier and polo player Boy Capel, and their relationship is a central theme throughout the film. Coco's transformation from a carefree girl to a driven designer is not only marked by her creative development but also by her growing love for Boy Capel. However, despite their intense love, tragedy strikes, which significantly impacts Chanel's life and work.

The film's costume designs are spectacular, showcasing the designer's iconic style and the evolution of her brand over the years. The movie captures the spirit of the 20th century, from the elegant dresses and elaborate hats of the early 1900s to the more relaxed clothing styles of the 1920s and beyond.

The film's narrative structure is somewhat fragmented, with the storyline jumping back and forth from Chanel's early years to her later life. However, this adds a compelling layer to the story, revealing the many challenges and victories in Chanel's journey to becoming an icon in the fashion world.

Overall, Coco Chanel is a fantastic portrayal of one of the most significant fashion designers in history. The movie celebrates the designer's legacy, her strength, and her unrelenting determination to succeed, despite facing constant opposition from the world around her. Fans of fashion, history, and biographical films will undoubtedly enjoy the movie.

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    6.8  (3,783)