A literary legend finds her voice.
The French novelist known as Colette “had one of those lives that make biographers giddy,” said Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. A literary sensation who slept with both men and women as she made her unlikely circa-1900 rise, she is, in this new biopic, “never as wild as you might hope.” But the movie’s “light, enjoyably fizzy” approach works as well, thanks to a “vibrant” Keira Knightley. Her Colette arrives in Paris as a country girl who’s just married a roué who employs a factory of ghostwriters to produce novels published under his pen name, and his fame takes off when Colette ghostwrites a roman à clef about teenage lesbian romance. To me, Knightley’s Colette “feels a little at arm’s length,” said Emily Yoshida in NYMag.com. But she, the husband she rebels against, and the women they both woo turn out to be “fun, mischievous, and intelligent characters to spend time with.” One of Colette’s lovers, played by Denise Gough, was a cross-dressing noblewoman, said Alex Barasch in Slate.com. Seeing the pair’s relationship on screen “offers a welcome reminder that today’s LGBTQ community has a rich heritage of stories to be uncovered and celebrated.” ■