‘Colette’ Seduces

Dominic West and Keira Knightley in “Colette”

‘Colette” begins with the delicate decadence familiar in Keira Knightley-esque period films: after being wakened by her mother, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) smooths her unruly hair into two braids and demurely pours tea for her parents and Willy (Dominic West), a potential suitor. After he goes, she leaves for what looks like a girlish romp through a meadow; but as soon as she unexpectedly calls out for him in a barn, and they fall into an impish embrace, we learn she may be in control of more than we thought.

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