Hey Ladies, Check Out the Coco Avant Chanel Trailer!

March 12, 2009

Hey Ladies, Check Out the Coco Avant Chanel Trailer!

Thanks to both Cinematical and PopWatch, we've got the first French-language trailer for Audrey Tautou's Coco Avant Chanel. Much like Sex and the City, I already know that this film isn't for guys in the least. Not only is it a luscious French period piece, but it's a biopic about fashion icon Coco Chanel. Unless you really appreciate fashion or love period pieces or speak French, then I suggest you stop here, because I know you probably won't enjoy this at all. But I will admit, although I didn't understand a second of what was being said, I actually really want to see this. Maybe I'll catch it when I'm in France for the Cannes?

Watch the French trailer for Coco Avant Chanel:

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For some rough translation of some of the dialogue, head over to EW's PopWatch blog.

Coco Avant Chanel (meaning Coco Before Chanel in English) is directed by prominent French filmmaker Anne Fontaine, of Augustin, Dry Cleaning, In His Hands, and The Girl from Monaco previously. The screenplay was co-written by Anne Fontaine and Camille Fontaine with script consultant Christopher Hampton. The film is based on Edmonde Charles-Roux's book titled "Chanel and Her World". Warner Brothers will debut Coco Avant Chanel in France on April 22nd and in the US sometime later this year.

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Reader Feedback - 22 Comments


wow a chick flick, come on lets leave the movies for guys and girls can just shop or something. honestly no one gives a sh*t about coco chanel just buy the purse dont ask about its god dam history.

Tom W on Mar 12, 2009


Some kinda crazy France talk going on in this one. PULL THE STRINGS, BILLINGTON.

DCompose on Mar 12, 2009


I don't appreciate the generalization Alex. I am a huge fan of CoCo Chanel.

Will Schiffelbein on Mar 12, 2009


it's more like "La Vie en rose" both are bio-pics of French's nothing like Sex In The City...that couldn't be a worse comparison Alex...I would be surprised if this doesn't get some Oscar buzz or a few awards at's a bio-pic not some womanly American sex comedy...

Christopher M on Mar 12, 2009


I would love to read a review of this while your in Cannes!!...also when your in France you should keep in mind in France they really hate English speakers (most importantly Americans) who can't use simple phrases in French..I recommend buying a pocket translator and studying it on the plane so you don't get bad service/attitudes while you're over should at least learn a bit of the language it might come in handy next time you have a French trailer to

Christopher M on Mar 12, 2009


i saw a coco chanel minidrama (series) starring shirley maclaine last year. I thought i was very good and i believe that it was nominated for a golden globe or an emmy. (not sure) in any case i would think that this is a coattails kind of thing.

goliad on Mar 12, 2009


I found some french version posters, looks nice.

Sebastian on Mar 12, 2009


I will watch anything with Audrey Tautou.

Mat on Mar 12, 2009


"Unless you really appreciate fashion or love period pieces or speak French, then I suggest you stop here, because I know you probably won't enjoy this at all." So anything not based on a comic or with huge explosions is immediately thrown in the "disinterested" file? Expand the base of knowledge.

Stylist Mick on Mar 12, 2009


that was the most ass backwards promo I've ever read. Why post the trailer if you're so against it? What does fashion have to do with it being an entertaining film or not? Audrey Tautou is a fantastic actress and coco chanel lived a fascinating life, so it should be a good watch. Segregating films between guy films and girl films is childish.

Adrian on Mar 12, 2009


Hrmm.. Looks pretty interesting. She looks like the girl from Amelie, which was a really good movie so I might give this a try.

Eric on Mar 12, 2009


I have to agree with Adrien. While I usually love your blog, I often find myself sighing at the repeated and slightly irritating digs like in the ones in this post. Sure, opinions are more interesting than just bland, neutral reporting. Ever think of getting a female writer? Or at least some people with different biases, to keep things a bit more lively and less predictable?

Maggie on Mar 12, 2009


They're turning on you, Billington! DAMAGE CONTROL! STAT!

DCompose on Mar 12, 2009


#11 - She is the girl from Amelie... and from "The Da Vinci Code" and many other films. Looks nice!

F.C. on Mar 13, 2009


Yea, as number3 said; I don't appreciate the generalization Alex. I am a huge fan of CoCo Chanel. Looks really nice, even if the trailer was a bit erhm, was a bit show-it-all, which kinda confused me on what its about. Audrey Tautou is so adorable!

max on Mar 13, 2009


I can translate it for you if you want Alex.... because i'm french.

Djoss on Mar 13, 2009


Please try reading her story(Coco Channel), its interesting. Her story have nothing in common with Sex & The City - why so engrossed with this film?

somwerbtwngrnnblu on Mar 13, 2009


Sex and the City takes place in New York. This movie is in a Europe country or maybe Canada. I don't understand where SATC is supposed to come in.

valeriewriter on Mar 13, 2009


I really don't understand why this is so hard for people to get... First off, despite period pieces can be for all genders, a biopic about a fashion icon is definitely not for men, so don't make any excuses about it being something everyone will like. In America, the appeal of this is specifically women. And that is where the Sex and the City comparison comes in. That is, for the most part, only going to appeal to women. It's not that baffling to understand!

Alex Billington on Mar 13, 2009


I saw SATC in the theater with my mom and friend and there were one or two guys in the audience for that. There are men actors in the movie, too.

valeriewriter on Mar 13, 2009


Sure, you're reasoning is fine and safe, Alex, but your readers are challenging you to be above the average grade. It's not about being irritatingly politically correct. It's that repeatedly relying on generalizations and cliches gets a bit lazy. When the context is movie execs marketing to key demographics, that's cool to talk about. But your readers are individuals, who don't think of themselves as statistics. The sampling of comments on this post shows that- people felt compelled to say how they fit outside the box. Take me- I'm a chick and I love comic book movies and can't wait for Star Trek to come out. Or if we're playing with stereotypes, what about gay men who love Chanel? Can they get a shout out in the title? Like I said, there's nothing super 'wrong' about it. I just think it's more interesting for movie commentary to stand on something other than 'chicks will dig this'. This isn't specific to the coco chanel post- I'm just offering some thoughts as a longtime reader. This is the vibe I pick up on, and I think the posts are stronger and more engaging when they don't rely on it. Anyways. Maybe too much thought went into that... I am procrastinating a paper over here. Just wanted to clarify my original comment. Thanks for the generally groovy posting though- and I did like the trailer (is my demographic showing?) 🙂

Maggie on Mar 13, 2009


I love fashion, period pieces, and speak a fair bit of French. The movie looks a little dreary but if it comes out in a theater near where I reside or if it comes out on DVD, I'll be sure to see it. Hopefully it trumps the lifetime movie version.

cat on Mar 21, 2009

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