Coco Before Chanel

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The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.5/10 (12,336 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Anne Fontaine

Stars: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola

Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated.

Writers: Anne Fontaine, Edmonde Charles-Roux


Audrey Tautou

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel

Benoît Poelvoorde

Étienne Balsan

Alessandro Nivola

Arthur 'Boy' Capel

Marie Gillain

Adrienne Chanel

Emmanuelle Devos

Emilienne d'Alençon

Régis Royer

Alec, le jockey

Etienne Bartholomeus

Maître d'hôtel Balsan

Yan Duffas

Maurice de Nexon

Fabien Béhar

Patron boutique

Roch Leibovici

Jean, le palefrenier

Jean-Yves Chatelais

Directeur beuglant

Pierre Diot

Acteur théâtre

Vincent Nemeth

Gros homme théâtre

Bruno Abraham-Kremer

Tailleur Deauville

Lisa Cohen

Gabrielle Chanel, 10 ans

Before she was France's famous mademoiselle…


Official Website:
Official site [United States] |
Warner Bros. [Germany] |

Release Date: 22 April 2009

Filming Locations: Cabourg, Calvados, France

Box Office Details

Budget: €19,430,000


Opening Weekend: £423,268
(2 August 2009)
(91 Screens)

Gross: $6,109,075
(7 February 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Visa d'exploitation (en France) n° 121049


Costume continuity during the scene where "Boy" allows Coco Chanel to drive the motorcar. When they eventually stop the car, Coco is wearing a white scarf which she was not wearing when she first got into the car.


[first lines]

[subtitled version of French dialog]

Girls who have visitors, follow me.

Gabrielle Chanel, 10 ans:
Come on. Come on, let's go.

Adrienne Chanel, 10 ans:
I don't want to.

User Review

Beautifully made

Rating: 8/10

It may be a subject that will not automatically appeal to many.
However, this movie is certainly worth watching.

Audrey Tautou, complete with all the mannerisms and dark looks of Coco
Chanel, plays a magnificent role. We start of at the miserable
beginning of Gabrielle Chanel's life, in an orphanage. It quickly
becomes clear that this is not the story about some high-society woman
who got bored and decided to make clothes in a style that was unheard
of at that time, even for people who don't know anything about the life
of Coco Chanel. We see her, slowly but surely, clawing her way up in
society, using her charm and wit, but most of all: her outspokenness,
always telling what she thinks.

Cinematographically, this film is outstanding too. Throughout the film,
certain elements of clothing (black and white patterns, stripes, men's
shirts) are shown through an unclear lens, to point out that even the
most early views of Coco on fashion were incorporated in her style

This film is not just a story about Coco's success, it's also about her
struggle to fit in in a society that differed so much from her own
opinions, about her losses and heartaches. All in all, we get a
complete picture of the icon that is still loved and admired today.