Coco Before Chanel

September 25th 2009
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 105 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, Emmanuelle Devos, Régis Royer, Etienne Bartholomeus, Yan Duffas, Fabien Béhar, Roch Leibovici, Jean-Yves Chatelais, Pierre Diot, Vincent Nemeth, Bruno Abraham-Kremer, Lisa Cohen, Inès Bessalem, Marie-Bénédicte Roy, Emilie Gavois-Kahn, Fanny Deblock, Claude Brécourt, Karina Marimon, Marie Parouty, Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc, Marie-Josée Hubert, Patrick Laviosa, Kim Schwarck
  • Director: Anne Fontaine
  • Writers: Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine , Edmonde Charles-Roux
  • Producers: Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Carole Scotta
  • Casting: Antonia Dauphin
  • Costume Design: Catherine Leterrier
  • D.O.P.: Christophe Beaucarne
  • Makeup: Christophe Giraud
  • Music: Alexandre Desplat


A little girl who is sent with her sister to an orphanage in the heart of France, who waits in vain every Sunday for her father to come for her...

A cabaret performer with a weak voice who sings to an audience of drunken soldiers...

A humble seamstress, who stitches hems at the back of a provincial tailor's shop...

A young, skinny courtesan, to whom protector Etienne Balsan offers a safe haven, amongst the idle and decadent...

A woman in love who knows she will never be anyone's wife, refusing marriage even to Boy Capel, the man who returned her love...

A rebel who finds the conventions of her time oppressive, and instead dresses in her lovers' clothes...

This is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Normandie, France; Paris, France
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content and smoking
  • Production Budget: €19.4 million
  • Production Companies: Haut et Court, Cine, Warner Bros. Pictures, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France 2, Films Distribution, Cofinova 5, Banque Populaire Images 9, Scope Picture
  • Production Schedule: 15 September 2008 - December 2008

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Keira Knightley was offered the role of Coco Chanel.

From 1934 to 1971 Coco Chanel made the Hotel Ritz, Paris, France her home. A suite, in honor of her memory, has been named after her: the Coco Chanel Suite.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 April 2009: Belgium, France
  • 28 May 2009: Netherlands
  • 29 May 2009: Italy
  • 5 June 2009: Spain
  • 11 June 2009: Hong Kong, Israel
  • 25 June 2009: Australia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal
  • 26 June 2009: Poland
  • 31 July 2009: UK
  • 6 August 2009: New Zealand
  • 13 August 2009: Germany
  • 21 August 2009: Taiwan
  • 27 August 2009: Argentina, Singapore, South Korea
  • 28 August 2009: Norway, South Africa
  • 18 September 2009: Japan, Sweden
  • 2 October 2009: Bulgaria
  • 8 October 2009: Russia
  • 30 October 2009: Brazil
  • 5 November 2009: Greece
  • 6 November 2009: Finland
  • 11 November 2009: Denmark