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#TIFF18 Review: Colette

September 11, 2018

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Colette is a biopic of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), a French writer at the turn of the 20th Century who marries into money when she meets the charismatic Willy (Dominic West). Seeking new material for his publishing house, Willy puts out a novel written by Colette, but he publishes it under his own name. When her debut novel becomes a gigantic hit, Colette struggles to gain proper credit for her work.

The film starts off as a pretty standard biopic, and takes a little while to get going, but the story reveals interesting layers as it starts to explore themes of repressed homosexuality and gender identity, with Colette embarking on affairs with women that find their way into her work, breaking down taboos of the time. Keira Knightley is excellent.

Dominic West and Keira Knightley in Colette

Public Screenings:

Tuesday, September 11th – 5:45 PM at Princess of Wales Theatre

Wednesday, September 12th – 12:00 PM at Winter Garden Theatre

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th to 16th.

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