Unconventional country girl Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette has married a charismatic egomaniacal man, 14 years her senior, known by the single name, Willy. Having been introduced to the artistic world of Paris, her creative appetite is sparked in the form of writing. Ever quick to capitalise on talent, Willy permits Colette to write her novels only if she does so in his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine series makes Willy a famous writer and Colette and Willy the first modern celebrity couple. Although they are the toast of the town, lack of recognition for her work begins to gnaw on Colette.
'Knightley gives one of her best performances as a girl with spirit and talent who becomes a woman with ferocity and a voice' - Nell Minow, rogerebert.com