Colette (2018 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWash Westmoreland
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byRichard Glatzer
Music byThomas Adès
CinematographyGiles Nuttgens
Edited byLucia Zucchetti
Distributed by
Release date
  • January 20, 2018 (2018-01-20) (Sundance)
  • September 21, 2018 (2018-09-21) (United States)
  • January 11, 2019 (2019-01-11) (United Kingdom)
Running time
111 minutes
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Hungary
Box office$6.2 million[1]

Colette is a 2018 biographical drama film directed by Wash Westmoreland, from a screenplay by Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, based upon the life of the French novelist Colette. It stars Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Denise Gough.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018. It was released in the United States on September 21, 2018, by Bleecker Street and 30West. The film is scheduled to premiere in London at the BFI London Film Festival.[2] It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2019, by Lionsgate.


At the dawn of the 20th century, Colette tells the story of a woman whose inner voice as a writer has long been denied. She is willing to take extraordinary measures to promote the emergence of her inner voice as a new writer. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, is a young woman from a country village, and marries a charismatic and dominant Parisian, the eldest of fourteen. He is known only as "Willy".

Under his auspices, she is initiated into the bohemian life-style of Paris where her creative appetites are triggered. Ready to capitalize on her talent, Willy convinces his wife to write novels, which he suggests should be released under his name as the purported author. The phenomenal success of the series of novel titled "Claudine" makes Willy a well-known writer and "Colette and Willy" the "first couple" among contemporary celebrities.

Over time, the lack of recognition for her work thwarts and frustrates Colette. She forms a liaison with the Marquise de Belbeuf, who defies and abhors stereotypes, and encourages her to free herself. Willy, however, is opposed to this plan and is determined to maintain his hold on her, at whatever emotional costs are required to maintain control over his wife.



It was first announced on February 1, 2016, that Colette would be directed by Still Alice‘s (2014) Wash Westmoreland,[3] who co-wrote the script with his late Still Alice collaborator and husband Richard Glatzer. The film reunites the producing team behind Carol, Number 9 Films and Killer Films.[4] Bold Films financed and co-produced the film marking the company's first foray into the U.K. On the same day Deadline announced that Keira Knightley would star as Colette.[3] On May 15, 2017, it was announced that Dominic West would join the cast as Colette's first husband.[5] Deadline announced on May 23, 2017 that Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh, and Rebecca Root had joined Knightley and West in the film.[6] On June 21, 2017, it was announced that Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiysha Hart had joined the cast.[7]

It was announced by Gary Michael Walters that production would start filming in summer 2017. On May 26, 2017, the film's crew was spotted at a farm filming the movie in London.[8] Knightley was spotted on the streets of Budapest, Hungary on her day off of filming there.[9]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018.[10] Shortly after, Bleecker Street, 30West and Lionsgate acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the film, respectively.[11][12] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 21, 2018 to "select theatres" and wide release on October 12, 2018[13].[14] It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2019.[15]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 87% based on 140 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10.[16] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[17]

For, Nick Allen wrote a positive review after the film's world premiere at Sundance. He said that "As a period film that's more than ready for 2018, Colette embodies the power of thinking forward in more ways than one."[18]

According to reviewer Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, "Mr. Westmoreland [film director of Colette] ... wanted to make a liberation story. He has succeeded, at times movingly ... The whole thing is too smooth, clean and aspirational. And of course he omits much ... but with a life this exuberantly full, how could he not?"[19]


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  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (February 1, 2016). "Keira Knightley in Talks to Star in 'Carol' Producers' 'Colette'". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "Keira Knightley drama 'Colette' adds Dominic West ahead of shoot". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  6. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (2017-05-23). "Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh & Rebecca Root Round Out Cast For 'Colette'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-06-21). "Eleanor Tomlinson Cast In 'Colette'; Vlad Alexis Boards 'Code 8'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
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  9. ^ "Keira Knightley is Budapesten forgat". (in Hungarian). 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  10. ^ Debruge, Peter (2017-11-29). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  11. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 21, 2018). "Keira Knightley-Starrer 'Colette' In First Big Sundance Deal: Bleecker Street & 30WEST Team For U.S. Rights". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Lang, Brent (January 21, 2018). "Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for 'Colette' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Colette release schedule". Bleecker Street Media. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  14. ^ Chuba, Kirsten (2018-02-16). "Bleecker Street Announces Release Dates, Including 'Colette,' 'Papillon,' 'On Chesil Beach'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
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  18. ^ Allen, Nick (5 February 2018). "Sundance 2018: Shirkers, Generation Wealth, Colette". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  19. ^ Dargis, Manohla (September 20, 2018). "Review: 'Colette' and One Woman's Lust for Life". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

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