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Colette | 2018 | R | – 7.3.4

Why is “Colette” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some sexuality/nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many sex scenes (between men and women and women and women), several scenes that include topless nudity, and sexual innuendo and some coarse language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Biopic about French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette: Colette (Keira Knightley), a young woman from the French countryside marries a well-established Parisian writer (Dominic West) who persuades her to write a novel based on her childhood, which he plans to publish under his own name. When the “Claudine” series of novels take the city by storm, Colette is determined to make it known that she was actually the writer. Also with Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw, Aiysha Hart, Al Weaver and Denise Gough. Directed by Wash Westmoreland. [Running Time: 1:51]

Colette SEX/NUDITY 7

 – Two women have sex and we see one lying on her back and the other with her hand between her legs as she moans (loose clothing covers the woman’s body). Two women kiss in bed and one moves down the chest of the other and off-screen as the other moans (we see her bare breasts and abdomen and oral sex is implied). A married man and a married woman have sex and we see him thrusting a few times as they moan.
 A woman undresses another woman as they kiss (we see her bare breasts and abdomen) and they continue to kiss and caress each other (sex is implied). Two women (both married to men) kiss tenderly and caress each other (sex is implied). A husband asks his wife to put on a dress for him; she does and he caresses her clothed breast and kisses her (sex is implied). A man lays on a pile of hay in a barn and a young woman joins him, they talk and she straddles his lap as they kiss and sex is implied. A married man is shown seated on a bed with a woman who is not his wife (sex is implied). A husband and his wife lie in bed together, they snuggle, kiss and he rolls on top of her; they moan and the scene ends (sex is implied). A man arrives at a woman’s door (he is married to another woman and she is married to another man) and she answers wearing a dressing gown (cleavage is revealed), and she invites the man in (sex is implied).
 A man pulls a woman’s dress open on-stage revealing her bare breast. A picture of a topless woman is seen with closing credits (her bare breasts are visible). A woman is shown being laced into a tight-fitting corset and a dress that reveals cleavage; she is later shown not wearing it and complaining about not being able to breathe. A woman wearing a night dress sits in a bed with her legs crossed and her bare legs to the mid-thighs and cleavage are visible. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few party scenes. Three men are shown shirtless and a few others wear tank T-shirts (we see bare chests, abdomens and shoulders). A woman is shown wearing a flesh toned, skintight undergarment. Several men wear loincloth/jockey type bottoms that reveal bare legs to the hips, shoulders, chests and abdomen. Women wear low-cut dresses in a few scenes (cleavage is revealed). A woman wears a costume that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and back.
 A wife hugs her seated husband from behind, and kisses his neck and cheek (nothing else happens). A husband and his wife kiss in several scenes. A woman tells another woman, “It’s as if you are taking off all my clothes.” A husband and his wife lie in bed together (both are clothed).
 There are several scenes where a woman and a man arrive at a woman’s home in the evening and it is implied that each visit is of a sexual nature. A young woman flirts with a much older man and it is implied that they begin a sexual relationship. A woman tenderly adjusts a curl of another woman’s hair when it falls across her forehead. A man talks to a woman at a party and holds her hand in a flirtatious manner and his wife becomes upset.
 A husband tells his wife that his infidelity is “What men do.” A woman describes another woman as having an “androgynous quality.” A husband tells his wife to go to another woman’s home where it is implied that there will be a sexual encounter. A man makes editorial suggestions using sexual terms and descriptions for an entry in a book. A man refers to the Eiffel Tower and being upset that there is a giant erection that does not belong to him. A man refers to a woman as “devouring men.” A man talks about “carnal ecstasy.” A reference is made to someone being left to “wallow in the sexual quagmire.” A husband tells his wife that he is unable to perform sexually any more. A woman talks about finding herself and identifying as a man.


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Colette VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A husband orders his wife to write and he locks her in a room until she does; she pounds on the door yelling and kicks the door. A woman performs on stage and two women kiss at the end of the scene; people in the audience erupt in anger and throw things at the actors.
 A man is shown standing on crutches and we see that he is missing one leg from below the knee (his empty pant leg is folded up). A live turtle is shown on a silver platter with gems glued to its shell. People are shown mourning at a funeral.
 A woman says that her husband wanted to challenge another man to a duel. A wife yells at her husband and tells him, "You killed our child" (figuratively); the husband yells at her as she walks out. A man says that bad theater is like dentistry since you are, "...having your skull drilled." Two men yell at a man about not having been paid. A woman becomes angry when she finds her husband in an apartment with another woman; they argue and she storms away. A wife quizzes her husband about his flirting with another woman at a party and she becomes upset. When talking about his debt, a man says, "The wolves are at the door." A wife becomes angry about her husband's criticism of her writing. A reference is made to "Blowing our bloody heads off," and, "Knives in the back." A man and a woman walk toward the door of a home and the woman says, "They might shoot us." A woman talks about all the lakes where she is from having alligators in them. A reference is made to someone "slitting her husband's throat."
 A man is shown burning a large pile of books and we hear that an entire run of a new book was destroyed. Several men arrive at an apartment to repossess furniture.
 A man urinates in a pot and we hear the stream. A man flatulates when he bends over to pick something up off the floor. A man burps loudly in several scenes. A man pours a liquid into an upright piano at a gathering and people applaud.


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Colette LANGUAGE 4

 - 5 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (arrogant, dull, snobbish people, cuckold, flea pit, duplicitous, the great unwashed, silly, bastards, hypocritical, fatuous, annoying, disgusting, degenerate, lady-man friend, fat, smug, lazy, clumsy, coward, liar, tart, trash, stupid, bore of a husband, cloying, feminine, scandalous), exclamations (are you out of your mind, oh my word), 1 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (Oh My God, My God, God No). | profanity glossary |


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Colette SUBSTANCE USE

 - People drink champagne in several party scenes, a man drinks sherry in a few scenes, a man and a woman drink wine and brandy, people drink wine at a restaurant with a meal, a man and a woman drink champagne with a meal, a man drinks wine and smokes a cigar, and several men drink glasses of brandy in several scenes. A man smokes a pipe, a man smokes a cigar in his office and other locations in many scenes throughout the movie, cigar smoke lingers in a room where a man has been, men smoke cigars in a hotel lobby bar, a man and a woman drink wine with lunch, and a man smokes at a dining table in a restaurant.


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Colette DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Family, success, ego, gender roles, 19th century publishing world, debt, infidelity, sexual freedoms, chaos, trust, marriage, deception, betrayal, jealousy, publicity, death of loved ones, happiness, pantomime.

Colette MESSAGE

 - Follow your own path.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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