Coco Before Chanel

2009 biopic about the early life of Coco Chanel. Several years after leaving the orphanage, to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She’s both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing.

Under the Pines

Set in the towering forests of Landes in the aftermath of WWI, when sweeping social changes threatened the economic feudalism that had enriched landowners for generations. Liéna, a recently widowed heiress, takes control of the family fortune and decides to fulfill her deceased husband’s ambition of bringing electricity to the entire region. Partly because she is a woman, most regard her as a deluded fool, and she soon finds herself set upon on all fronts: a family desperately clinging to the old ways, labor hell-bent on getting their fair share of the pie, and her burgeoning, forbidden love affair with the plantation foreman. [Synopsis courtesy of COLCOA]