Coco and Igor: Movie Review
Coco And Igor
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis
Director: Jan Kounen
Following directly on from Coco Avant Chanel, this film takes a slightly
darker tone when looking at Chanel.
It's 1913 in Paris - and Chanel (Mouglalis) is in love with her Boy and
working hard within the industry.
One night she meets composer Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen), a Russian
forced to flee the revolution and who is about to perform for the first time in
He does so and his latest work is promptly booed off.
The pair meet again seven years later, when Chanel is mourning the death of
Boy and Stravinsky has fallen on hard times.
So Chanel opens her house to the family and as time goes, ends up opening her
heart to Stravinsky with the pair having a passionate illicit affair.
Coco and Igor is beautifully shot with sweeping swirling camera work but
feels a little stifling. It's full of whites and none of the warmth you'd
remember from Coco Avant Chanel's Audrey Tautou.
But then to be fair, this is a different Chanel - she's a harder woman,
grieving and more career focussed than ever. So in some aspects, she really is
more the real person.
Mads Mikkelsen is a little hard too - he's quite stilted in places and
doesn't really do much to convey the apparent passion and electricity between
Coco and Igor is a disappointment but for those Chanel fans looking for a
more rounded picture of their fashion heroine, it may offer some insight into
the next stage of her life.