Scribe History Buffs, this Movie Night is for you -- Films by the Falls screens "Colette"

She started a riot on the stage of the Moulin Rouge in 1907, and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 1948: Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette – or simply Colette, as she would become known – is a boundary-smashing figure fit for the 21st-century generation.

She remains one of France’s most famous writers, best remembered for her 1944 novella Gigi and as the true author of the Claudine novels, which took turn-of-the-century Paris by storm (though Colette did not gain full credit for these novels until many years after their success).

Films by the Falls feature presentation this month is Wash Westmoreland’s film “Colette”, starring Kiera Knightly.

Based on the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Kiera Knightly), the film follows Colette through her marriage to Henry Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West), who quickly whisks Colette away from her quiet and humble life in the countryside to live in the bustling and lively Paris.

Henry, better known as “Willy,” is a successful Parisian writer who, while relying on an army of ghostwriters to produce his work, uses his time to engage in other self-indulgent activities — including numerous affairs with other women. He soon enlists his wife as one of his ghostwriters. He initially dismisses her contributions, but soon decides to re-work and publish Colette’s writing under his own name in order to save their family from financial ruin.

 Throughout their tumultuous marriage, Colette remains honest, consulting with Willy about her confusion over her newly discovered attraction to other women. While she seeks permission for her explorations, Willy does not offer the same courtesy, consistently betraying Colette’s trust and continuing to exploit her talents in order to publish her wildly successful work as his own. As their marriage begins to deteriorate, Colette finds a place for herself within her writing and begins to explore her creativity through a variety of artistic avenues. Knightly quietly simmers as Colette, a trailblazing figure committed to breaking through stereotypes and conventions. Rather than shying away from displaying Colette’s desires, director Wash Westmoreland highlights how her passion for life, art, and human connection paved the way for other women to experience life to the fullest, unafraid of who they really are.

Come out and share this beautiful story with the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit on the new “Big Screen, with Big Sound” at Films By The Falls. Movie Night is Tuesday, February 26th at Fenelon Falls Secondary School (66 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls).

Doors open at 6:30pm and the feature movie starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the event for $10/person.

Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit was formed in 2013 by a group of volunteers and are the hosts of Films by the Falls, a monthly film series located in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. KLFC is a member of the TIFF Film Circuit, (Toronto International Film Festival), a successful outreach programme focusing on bringing the best of Canadian and international films and artists to over 150 communities across the country. 

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