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Year: 2009
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, Emmanuelle Devos, Regis Royer, Etienne Bartholomeus, Yan Duffas, Fabien Behar, Roch Leibovici, Jean-Yves Chatelais, Pierre Diot, Vincent Nemeth, Bruno Abraham-Kremer, Lisa Cohen, Ines Bessalem
Director: Anne Fontaine
Country: France
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 105 mins
UK: 110 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and smoking
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 25 September 2009 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 31 July 2009

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Audrey Tautou (THE DAVINCI CODE, AMELIE) plays the legendary "Coco" Chanel in an enthralling exploration of her early life before she rose to worldwide fame as the most celebrated fashion designer of the 20th Century. We meet the young Gabrielle Chanel, illegitimate daughter of a travelling salesman who learns to sew in a Catholic orphanage before following her singing ambitions that lead her to a cabaret club.

It is here where Chanel earns the nickname Coco and also where she catches the eye of several high society gentlemen who would ignite her passion and become instrumental in the development of her remarkable career.

From director Anne Fontaine (NATHALIE), COCO BEFORE CHANEL is the fascinating untold story of how one woman rose from humble beginnings to become one of couture's most important icons.

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