OverviewBefore she became Coco, the world-famous fashion designer, Gabrielle Chanel struggled to make ends meet. After her mother's death, her father deposited her and her sister, Adrienne, at an orphanage, where they learned to sew (and where Chanel developed a taste for monochromatic ensembles). They went on to become cabaret singers, but when Adrienne runs off with a wealthy suitor, the newly christened Coco must go it alone until she meets gentleman farmer Etienne Balsan. She lives comfortably at his chateau, but he refuses to take her out in public, so she puts her skills as a seamstress to good use and designs outfits for his lady friends, like Emilienne, an actress. Chanel's situation improves further when British investor Arthur "Boy" Capel enters the scene. Her working-class origins present less of a problem with Capel, though the couple will have other issues with which to contend.
Audrey Tautou, Benot Poelvoorde, Marie Gillain, Emmanuelle Devos
French SDH, English SDH