Coco Avant Chanel was released in Canada on September 25, 2009. The cast consists of Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde and Alessandro Nivola.
Coco Avant Chanel is a French film about the early years of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, before her rise in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, the plot is a little listless, and the impact of her early years may have been more felt if we saw more of who she became.
The film has been nominated for the Oscar for Costume Design. The costumes were very, very good. It is a period piece that is captured well in the clothing. Again, had they given a little more plot time to Coco's career, success in this category may have been a certainty. That said, I have not yet seen three films in this category, so I will reserve judgment.
Coco Avant Chanel is not the kind of film that will keep you glued to the screen, but it is entertaining enough to rent as I did.