Showed at Images 10/12/2018–10/25/2018

Starring: Keira Knightly, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw

On Thursday, October 18, at the 9:10pm show Brian Martin, Williams College Professor of French and Comparative LIteratures, will introduce the film.

Showing on the Main Screen through Thursday, October 18

Showing in Cinema Pop-Up Friday, October 19 through Thursday, October 25

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy,” Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

  • Director: Wash Westmoreland
  • Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Keira Knightley inflects Colette with a boldness and forthrightness that create a bridge between Belle Epoque Paris and today's zeitgeist. ”

– Film Journal International