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Keira Knightley stars as the infamous Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French novelist, journalist and actress who gained fame after ghost-writing the ‘Claudine’ novels, and whose 1944 novella Gigi was a resounding success. This film casts its light onto the start of her life though, and her marriage to Henri Gauthier-Villars (Willy) – played with gleeful energy by a scene-stealing Dominic West. Colette was heavily pressured into writing for her husband under his name. Wanting to break free and let the world hear her voice, Colette challenged gender norms to become a star attraction in her own right. Erotically charged and with a wonderful central performance from Knightley, this is a fascinating true story peppered with brilliance.

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