After marrying successful Parisian writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. Colette, in turn, 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. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Richard Glatzer (screenplay by), Wash Westmoreland (screenplay by)
Stars: Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West
British Independent Film Awards 2018 Nominee:
- Best Supporting Actor: Dominic West
- Best Costume Design: Andrea Flesch
- Best Make Up & Hair Design: Ivana Primorac
- Best Production Design: Michael Carlin
Filming Locations in Hungary:
- Budapest, Hungary
- ORIGO STUDIOS
- Kecskemét, Hungary (Theatre scenes)
Summary Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.