A young, provincial French girl named Colette (Keira Knightley) falls in love with a bubbly, older writer-publisher called Willy (Dominic West) from the beautiful bright lights of Belle Epoque Paris.
After a dizzying summer romance, she accepts his proposal and together they fling themselves into Parisienne high society as husband and wife.
Finding married life not to be quite as she expected, Colette finds an alternative outlet as a talented novelist, writing under her husband name.
When she eventually decides that she wishes to publish under her own name, a battle of the sexes ensues that radically shifts their gender dynamics and rings in the very beginning of the modern age.
Full of humour and heart, this touching period drama is based on the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a Noble Prize-nominated 20th-century French novelist, and is not to be missed.