Coco Before Chanel is a film that gets progressively better, as it tells the story of the love life and career of the budding designer, and culminates in a spectacular scene of models wearing real Chanel fashion from the archives.
Expert storyteller Nivola grew a thick moustache for his character and recounted how he was approached during the Paris shoot by guys who thought he resembled Freddie Mercury. He learned how to play polo for the role. His grandfather was the Sardinian sculptor, Constantino Nivola, and his wife, actress Emily Mortimer called his cell phone during our group interview.
By her carriage, it’s no surprise that Fontaine was a model and dancer. She was not upset to learn that Nivola had lied to her about knowing French in their initial conversation, something he confessed to us earlier. Her reaction was that “it takes energy to not be in reality, a good quality for an actor.”
Tautou didn’t want her photo taken, but she was very petite and was looking strikingly like the fashion designer. Her eyes were almost black and she was generous with facial expressions. She attributed her earthy quality to being from the country, the provinces of France. Concurrently, she is the “face” of Chanel No. 5 ads, an interesting combination of art and business.