cocobeforechanelCoco Before Chanel follows the story of fashion icon Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou), from her early days as an orphaned child to a stint as an unsuccessful cabaret singer and her complicated relationships with two men, Étienne Balsan (Benoît Poelvoorde) and  Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel (Alessandro Nivola – hot!!!!).  The keyword in the title is before, as this is a vinette of Chanel’s life before she made her mark in the fashion industry, not a complete biopic. While some critics have suggested that Tautou’s performance was reminiscent of her portrayal of Amélie, I thought she portrayed a young Coco with nuance and grace. Both Poelvoorde and Nivola delivered spot on performances as well.  In fact, Allessandro Nivola played his part with such dashing charm that I will be scouring Netflix for his other films.  Did I mention that he’s hot?  And I’m not normally a fan of the stache!