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Coco Before Chanel

French theatrical release poster
Directed by Anne Fontaine
Produced by Caroline Benjo
Written by Edmonde Charles-Roux
Anne Fontaine
Camille Fontaine
Starring Audrey Tautou
Benoît Poelvoorde
Alessandro Nivola
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Christophe Beaucarne
Studio Warner Bros. Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (France)
Sony Pictures Classics (US)
Release date(s) April 22, 2009 (France)
June 25, 2009 (Aus)
July 31, 2009 (UK)
September 25, 2009 (US, limited)
Running time 110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Gross revenue $48,827,935 [1]

Coco Before Chanel (French: Coco avant Chanel) is a 2009 French film directed by Anne Fontaine, about the life of the famed French fashion designer Coco Chanel.

The film was released in April 2009 in France and went on to international release. As of December 21, 2009, it has grossed $43,832,376 worldwide[1].

Instead of releasing this film in the United States itself, Warner Bros. Pictures decided to let Sony Pictures Classics handle the release there[2]. The film was commercially successful in the United States, grossing $6 million[3][4].

Coco Before Chanel was nominated for four BAFTA Awards, three European Film Awards, six César Awards and the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.



Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, a young Coco finds herself working in a provincial bar. 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.

Coco falls in love with an English businessman named Boy Capel, who believes in her talent making hats and as a designer, as he says to Coco, "There's no one else like you". As Coco's business flourishes and life is going as well as ever, she is devastated when her love Capel dies in a car accident. However, Coco still has the business that Capel helped her start as a reminder of her love.


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