FIN REVIEW: Keira Knightley is career-best in Colette

Previously reviewed for FIN. Opens wide Friday, Oct. 12.

Keira Knightley has a knack for making period dramas endlessly compelling, and with Colette, she does it again.

The film about a critic and newsman and his wife, and the difficulties that arise when she begins ghost-writing for him,

Knightley practically jumps off the screen as a woman fighting for her independence, freedom and the right to be recognized for her work.

This film from Wash Westmoreland, who directed Julianne Moore to an Oscar for Still Alice in 2014, may just do it with Knightley here too.

She’s so good that she literally steals the show from everyone around her, including the bombastic, gregarious Dominic West, in his best film role ever.

This movie is a beautiful meditation on gender, sexuality, conformity, and the need to stand up for what you believe in.

It is a comedy, a drama and a rousing call-to-action. It also happens to be one of the most accessible festival films to date.

It played to hearty laughs, giggles and an invested house, and will be a cinematic crowd-pleaser.

4/5 Stars

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