Coco Before Chanel
Coco Before Chanel
1 Nomination
Year 2009
Director Anne Fontaine
Writer Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine
Starring Audrey Tautou
82nd Academy Awards

Coco Before Chanel (original title Coco Avant Chanel) is a 2009 French starring French actress Audrey Tautou, Marie Gillain, Benoît Poelvoorde and Alessandro Nivola . The film was directed and co-written by actor turned director Anne Fontaine.



Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel 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 entrée into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated.