oreign film fest continues in our house this summer. It always takes place late at night, after all of the little people have been tucked into their beds and have quietly dashed off into their slumber.
Last night we watched the French film, Coco before Chanel starring the fabulous Audrey Tautou. The story, the costuming, the scenes, the set design and every other detail were brilliant. It’s a MUST see. I was hooked from the second it started [not even sure I ever blinked] and wished the film lasted at least another two hours.
Shamefully, I have never taken the time to read the biography of Coco Chanel, but her life story revealed through the movie is both heart breaking and compelling. Oddly enough, I related to a few aspects of her deep and complex character – especially the part of feeling so different from everyone around her and being understood by only a few – mainly by her one true love.
So many times she was completely alone despite being among crowds of people.
Everything about her was different. Her background, her family experiences, her lack of means or social status, her style. But she dared to defy the “rules” no matter what others thought. And with no apologies.
[a portrait of chanel]
Go watch this amazing movie and prepare to be more than inspired.
Extra Bonus: it’s not just a chick flick. Your male companion may find it entertaining as well because of the history element plus ample scenes of men’s self congratulatory behavior on their various conquests during that era.
Here is a little snippet to give you a taste.
I only have only one chanel item. Technically two, it’s this pair of shoes. Husband gave them to me as a Christmas gift last year. I treasure them and have reserved wearing them only on special occasions [ones that don't require a lot of walking because they hurt!]. Knowing Chanel’s story a little better, I now look at those shoes in a whole new light.
What a journey she had coming from nothing yet managing to be the one designer who forever changed the 20th century world of fashion. Never giving up, never compromising, never doubting her vision. A remarkable woman indeed.
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”