With a talent like Audrey Tautou, we could only expect Coco Before Chanel to be delicious. The portrayal was like chocolate: perfection. Not only does Tautou truly look the part, but she also embodies the intensity, instinct, and humor of the legend as well. In an inspired coupling with Benoît Poelvoorde (as Étienne Balsan), Tautou realized the delicate balance between a woman in social and emotional captivity and a woman constantly out of bounds.
Tautou not only had to look the part, she had to play the legend. Or as her director (Anne Fontaine) stressed, she had to actually be Chanel…. On being approached with the project, Fontaine told the producers, “If I had not [Tautou], if she doesn’t exist, I don’t want to write it.”