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After marrying successful Parisian writer “Willy” Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. When Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him, she pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a best-seller and a cultural sensation.

Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership defies traditional gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.