(2018) 111 mins
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is a country girl waiting to get whisked away into marriage by the worldly literary “entrepreneur” known simply as Willy (Dominic West).
When the new bride is presented at the salons, Parisian gossips are stunned. The notorious libertine Willy is to settle down?
While his admiration of his new bride is sincere, his desires are not entirely stunted. But Colette (as she is not yet known) doesn’t exactly sit idly when she learns of his infidelity.
She demands honesty in their marriage and, for a time, she gets it.
She also saves the family’s finances when her book that Willy initially rejected for publication is reworked, branded “a Willy novel” and becomes the talk of all Paris.
That doesn’t make it any easier for Colette as her husband steals all her glory. Luckily, they each have activities that keep them busy – for a stretch, the activity is sleeping with the same woman.
The Guardian: "Keira Knightley is (on) top form: luminous, clever, sexy and sympathetic. The scenes of physical intimacy are tasteful and few, but have quite an impact." (4 stars)
The Telegraph: "...injecting needed swagger, there’s West, giving us a full-bodied, pleasingly shaded account of a husband that lesser scripts would have turned into a monster." (4 stars)
The Independent: "Everything, from the rolling fields to the lush gardens, from the sleepy railways stations to the stately country houses, looks picturesque. The men in top hats and women with parasols could have stepped out of Monet pictures." (3 stars)