By young adulthood, the scrappy pair learned to scrape by, at times on sheer will alone.Part-time cabaret performer, part-time seamstress, Coco (Audrey Tautou: ) wormed her way (at great personal cost—she was a courtesan) into an aristocratic lifestyle, where she developed her unique, androgynous style.Clearly a woman who was ahead of her time, her determination to be someone is on display, and knowing about her hardscrabble roots only make the story more impressive.At a recent roundtable in New York, Tautou, Fontaine and Nivola talked about the woman, her story and their admiration for all things Chanel. Is this a story that people say could only happen in France?Coco falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel (American Alessandro Nivola, who learnt French especially for the film), unaware that he is betrothed to a woman in England.Capel believes in Coco's talent making hats and her refusal to follow the whims of fashion; as he says to Coco, "There's no one else like you".
Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. See full summary » Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar.
When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated.
Back in 1967, Katharine Hepburn was planning to make a musical of Chanel's life with Lerner and Loewe of " My Fair Lady " providing the songs.
Now, playing the young Coco Chanel, she seems to have some solid footing.
Oddly, it is partly by playing a part that requires seriousness, even a dour gloom. The idea of the story is odd, in a way, because it shows very little of those turning points in Coco Chanel's early career as a fashion maven (and this is what we really are dying to see).