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'Colette' trailer: Keira Knightley is already generating award buzz with scandalous biopic

Keira Knightley plays French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette whose books were initially published under her husband's name in the upcoming biopic 'Colette'
UPDATED FEB 12, 2020
Keira Knightley (Source: Getty Images)
Keira Knightley (Source: Getty Images)

'Colette' is two months short of making its debut in the theaters and it is already creating quite a stir. If the trailer is any indication, the literary biopic about a young French novelist who defies expectations, breaks through society’s shackles and becomes one of the most revered Nobel Prize-winning authors is all set to be a favorite this award season. 

"The hand that holds the pen writes history," Keira Knightley states at the end of the trailer of the movie in which she brings to life French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Colette's books were initially published under her husband's name and soon became the talk of the town in 20th century Paris.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer Willy (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) takes off from her home in rural France to the opulent, artistic city of Paris. Willy, who is in dire need of a good writer, convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him.

Colette then writes a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and unabashed girl called Claudine, which takes the literary world by storm and turns into a raving bestseller.

After garnering immense success for her book, Colette and Willy sort of become the "it" couple of Paris and soon start sinking into a cesspit of devious sexual adventures that serve as an inspiration for Claudine's novels. With her growing success, Colette starts to question gender roles, sexuality, and societal constraints.

'Colette' which has already made its debut at Sundance International Festival is already a runner for this years Oscars.

The liberating biopic has all the ingredients of a masterpiece and is set to serve up a revolution on women’s emancipation from society's warped perception of women and their place in the world.

It is clear that Keira Knightley is making a powerful comeback armed with merely pen and paper. 'Colette' is set to break society's oppressive shackles on September 21.