Coco before Chanel


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Coco Before Chanel (2009)


Several years after leaving the orphanage in Aubazine where her father abandoned her, a young Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar. She works as a seamstress for the performers by day and a cabaret singer by night, earning the nickname “Coco” from the song she sings with her sister Adrienne. A liaison with the charismatic Baron Balsan gives her an entry into French high society, and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats.

Coco falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel, unaware that he is betrothed to a woman in England. Capel believes in Coco’s talent making hats and her refusal to follow the whims of fashion; as he says to Coco, “There’s no one else like you”. As Coco’s business flourishes and life is going well, Capel dies in a car accident; she is devastated. However, Coco still has the business that Capel helped her to start as a reminder of their love.


Friday 12 July // 5.30 PM


Tallawoladah Lawn in The Rocks (in front of the MCA)


Release date: 25 June 2009 (Australia)

Director : Anne Fontaine
Running time: 1h 45min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Classification: M