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A Little Too Much "Before",
This review is from: Coco Before Chanel [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)"Coco Before Chanel" is an interesting attempt at a biopic but rather little more. The story is told in good old fashioned way - no jumping back and forth, no experiments, and rather slowly too - the problem is that it takes so long that there is not enough time for the story to end in an interesting way. Or may be it was the idea from the start to get the audience begging for more? Another possibility is that they took it for granted that the audience knows what happened next. The French may know it, I don't. Actually, I may be utterly wrong but I have a hunch that the life of Coco Chanel gets really interesting only once the movie ends.
This is a movie full of missed opportunities - Tautou has little chance to show her charms (she can do that, we all remember Amelie Poulain ;) - she hardly has a chance to smile... Chanel made her name as a dress designer? Well, don't expect to see any. Coco in the movie spends quite a lot of time watching fishermen at work. Does she find them so sexy? Not really, she finds their apparel an inspiration for her designs but... you won't see them in the movie. The fascination with how nicely the producers could recreate the fin-de-siecle provincial France on the screen reaches such proportions that it gets in the way of telling the story in an interesting manner. Too much attention to details, too little of a broader view.
The director and screenplay writer intended to present to the audience the humble beginnings of Coco Chanel's career. The succeeded in that perfectly but the final result is far from perfect - there was, apparently, no room left for the actual career. All we get is a brief show just before credits rather loosely connected with what happened earlier - we just have to believe that she made it. They wanted to show how difficult it was to be an independent woman before the Great War. They succeeded again... but the message is brought to you in such a slow and painstaking manner that you hardly care in the end.
In short: a moderatly interesting biopic but not really a movie. Keep your expectations fairly low if you choose to buy it.