Buoyed by rave reviews ‘Colette’ is poised to be strong contender at BAFTAs

Keira Knightley‘s new period drama “Colette” earned rave reviews in England following its premiere at the London Film Festival. This biopic of the acclaimed writer is set in turn of the century Paris and is directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). It co-stars the terrific Dominic West as Colette’s husband, Willy.

Jordan Hoffman of The Guardian was among the most enthusiastic of the critics, noting: “the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette makes for fascinating drama in a nuanced and inspiring film with a luminous central performance.” Singling out the actress for more praise, he observed: “Colette’s life is deserving of nuance and care, and that’s what she gets in this film. She also gets Keira Knightley is top form: luminous, clever, sexy and sympathetic. The scenes of physical intimacy are tasteful and few but have quite an impact. Much of what drove Colette was a need to be recognized. Knightley will not suffer the same fate when this film is viewed by wider audiences.”