Synopsis: Fashion designer Coco Chanel decided to help the composer Igor Stravinsky to stay by offering him and his family at her house. While sharing the same roof, a relationship arises between the two.
Film screened at the Varilux Festival of French Cinema
Many viewers connected to the fashion world were disappointed with Coco Before Chanel, because the end of the movie, as the title announces, occurs before the most interesting part of the life of this important woman. However, it is not Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky expectations of this audience will be fully satisfied. As a consolation prize, the costumes are beautiful.
The film begins in 1919, when Coco is already a prominent figure in Parisian high society. Yet what we see of his work is very low, approaching more and created the perfume that bears her name.
Already those who appreciate the music of Stravinsky will have their ears filled with a very good track and with scenes in which the craft of the composer is portrayed very detailed. The first sequence, passed in a theater, it’s all a show dedicated to music of Igor.
With some very passionate sex scenes, the movie does not bother to make clear what the protagonists have for each other. Considering that his case has never been proved, the approach is justified. In some shots there is a character looking directly at the camera static. With those looks, the viewer enters the psyche of the character and it is up to each interpret what the feelings involved in the situation.
With bold moments like this, directed by Jan Kounen is commendable, giving space for the photograph and the sound shine. Moreover, the technical accuracy and some unnecessary scenes drag the pace of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Director: Jan Kounen
Screenplay: Chris Greenhalgh
Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Yelena Morozova
Length: 120 minutes
- Cocos World DVD