Friday, March 20, 2009

~Coco Avant Chanel

The trailer for Coco Avant Chanel -- or, Coco Before Chanel -- is making its way around the Internets. It's a French-language drama starring Amelie's Audrey Tautou as the legendary couturiere, and from the looks of the trailer (which, malheureusement, is sans English subtitles for the moment), it appears to be a lavish period piece just the way I love 'em. (It's in theaters in France next month. Still waiting on a release date here.) We see Tautou's Coco enjoy some boy talk with her sister ("Do you really think a baron is going to marry a girl like you?") and we get a glimpse of the iconoclastic Chanel's rise to fashion greatness. "What I'm missing is a job," she says. "I'm going to Paris!" The spot also teases the love triangle between Chanel and two different men, one of whom is played by the United States' very own Alessandro Nivola. You can hear his slightly accented French in the trailer's voice over, whispering all pillow-talk style, "You have a different destiny. You are like no one else." Apparently, the Boston-born actor learned to speak French to play Arthur "Boy" Capel, a wealthy English aristocrat and polo player said to have influenced Chanel's menswear-inspired designs