Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Rated R

The audience practically rioted during the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in a Parisian opera house in 1913. The Russian composer knew he was taking a chance with the modern orchestration, foreign rhythms, and odd beats — not to mention the tribal dancers in Russian peasant patterns and wigs. Clothing designer Coco Chanel was at least one audience member who, rather than scandalized by Rite's raw energy, was intrigued. Having spent her career pushing modernity through the lines on her dresses and the shape of her hats, she knew a thing or two about risks. The gorgeous Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky opens with this failed performance. Seven years later, Coco (Anna Mouglalis) is grieving the loss of her lover, and Igor (Mads Mikkelsen) is a starving artist who lives in a tiny apartment with his four young children and wife, who is sick with consumption. Igor finally accepts Coco’s offer to work and live with his family at her country villa outside of Paris. Mouglalis is almost cheerless in her role, but the elegance is all there. And she's a good match for Mikkelsen, who wears Igor's healthful habits of exercise and raw eggs for breakfast very well. And when the movie ends, it is with another performance, another gown of perfection, and another audience reaction.

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