Colette

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“The delightful, sexy biopic Colette showers its affection on Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the turn-of-the-century Parisian author whose struggles to have her creativity recognized still resonate in our modern age of gender inequality. Keira Knightley plays Colette with wit and backbone, giving the proceedings a crowd-pleasing tone that never feels cloying. And although director Wash Westmoreland tackles several serious subjects — sexual liberation, the repression of women’s voices, the power of art to change society — the movie has such a playful spirit that the talking points go down smoothly…. The film follows Colette (Knightley) as a young woman being courted by a debonair impresario known simply as Willy (Dominic West). She marries the man, who is trying to make his name by launching a successful literary brand — an ambition that, thus far, has proven fruitless. That’s when Colette comes up with an autobiographical idea built around a sexually adventurous teen named Claudine. The book is a hit, and Willy takes the credit, pressuring his wife to write more novels featuring this popular protagonist. Colette is often cheeky as it chronicles this unconventional marriage and roots for Colette as she discovers her artistic side and then finds her freedom” —Screen Daily. R. 111 Min.