What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this historical biopic depicting Coco Chanel’s life before she hit it big as a fashion designer examines her somewhat scandalous love-life, in which she is kept by one man but is in love with another, both aware of the other. Her benefactor often treats her like chattel. Though she asserts her independence, she puts up with his disrespect, too. Nevertheless, Coco come across as an incredibly strong woman, a pioneer in many ways. There’s a good bit of drinking and smoking, and some subtle love scenes. The movie is in French, with English subtitles.
- Families can talk about why Chanel decides to become Balsan’s mistress. Did she have any other options? What does her situation say about the opportunities available to women at the time?
- What do you think about Chanel’s romantic entanglements? Is it possible for her to be with the man she loves?