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Coco Before Chanel

Biopic about the early life of Coco Chanel.

20091 h 50 min

Several years after leaving the orphanage, to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. 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 entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing.

Director Anne Fontaine
Runtime 1 h 50 min
Release Date 22 April 2009
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not rated
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, Emmanuelle Devos

Locations in Paris

On Location

31 Rue Cambon : The last scene of the movie is filmed inside the legendary Chanel Shop. Audrey Tautou sits on the top of the mirror straircase like Coco Chanel did at her catwalks shows.

Coco chanel mirrored staircase

Théâtre du Châtelet : Coco meets her friend Emilienne at her work in a theatre to present her new hats creations.

Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel

Le Grand Véfour : This scene isn’t suppose to take place in Paris, because it is the moment when Coco and Etienne Balzan meets and in real life they were in Moulins. But Le Grand Véfour is one of Paris’ best restaurants, beautifully decorated in Art Nouveau style.

Coco Before Chanel

Not on Location

Champs-Elysée : Coco and Boy have a romantic car trip in the city of lights, driving freely on the Champs-Elysée. But as you can see, it wasn’t filmed on location.

Coco Before Chanel

21 rue Cambon : As you can see, the scene wasn’t  filmed on location, indeed the real Cambon is a narrower street.

Coco Before Chanel

The Cast

The cast is really well chosen, indeed the three main actors really look like the Chanel, Balzan and Capel.

Audrey Tautou

Coco avant Chanel Marinière

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel, couturičre française. Paris, 1936. LIP-6958-102

Benoît Poelvoorde

Coco Before Chanel

Etienne Balzan

Etienne Balzan

Alessandro Nivola

Coco Before Chanel

Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel

Boy Capel

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