Coco & Igor
Making out is hotter in a Qbert room.

Theatrical Release Date: 06/18/2010
Director: Jan Kounen
Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Elena Morozova

Coco Chanel is a legend in the fashion industry. Igor Stravinsky is a renowned composer. Fortuitously enough for Chris Greenhalgh, the pair had an affair and so he could write a novel and screenplay for the appropriately titled “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”.

If you’ve seen “Coco Before Chanel“, the film basically picks up where it left off. It makes for an interesting double feature … except for the problem of “Coco & Igor” being a bit of a snoozefest.

Although the film opens to a beautiful scene of Stravinsky presenting “The Rite of Spring” to Paris and being soundly drubbed because his music was, at the time, revolutionary in the way that high society fears, what follows after the initial attraction between Coco and Igor is below the standard extramarital affair conventions.

Both Mouglalis and Mikkelsen do a wonderful job of inhabiting their characters; and Mouglalis is a much more comfortable fit into the shoes of Coco Chanel than Audrey Tautou. However, they aren’t given much to do over the two hour runtime. The sparks fly and the pair consummate their affair … and then … and then … well, no ‘and then’ really. All of the energy is sucked out of the film after twenty minutes like a vacuum on steroids and the story drifts aimlessly in the cinematic ocean.

Sure, some of the music is beautiful and trying to make a French countryside manor look enticing is sort of like being happy you won the lottery. However, one can’t rely on the setting and characters’ artistic endeavors to buoy a ship taking on water.

So unless you’re obsessed with either of the titular characters, “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” simply doesn’t deliver the goods and gets a 2 out of 5. There are plenty of better independent/foreign films out there, do yourself and your wallet a favor and choose one of those.