Period dramas are not meant, “seriously”, because they focus on women characters, claims Keira Knightley.
“There is a negativity around you, because they are predominantly female,” she said at the Toronto Film Festival.
The British star of atonement, Pride and prejudice and The imitation game is back in period clothes in Colette, a biopic of the French novelist.
She said she had, often as a curse from the genre, only to be lured back by powerful scripts.
“The strongest characters I found, were roles in the period,” said the 33-year-old, whose other films include four entries in the pirates of the Caribbean series.
“I also like to bring the idea back to life, what is gone. In a funny way, it is the resurrection of the dead.”
Colette focuses on the early years of the writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette January 1873 born.
The Central plot is her relationship with her first husband Henry Gauthier-Villars, who wrote extensively under the giggles-inducing pseudonym of Willy.
The film looks at Willy, played fulsomely by Dominic West, the promotion to write Colette, a successful novels just to have the credit for your achievements.
It also deals with their sexual dalliances with lovers of all sexes and their projects in the most extravagant live performance.
Knightley said that she “felt immediately connected” to roll the writer , the story you found “very relevant” to the current discussions on gender.
“It is the story of a woman who drove the search for your voice and your true self and allow yourself to live courageously”,.
“I was very high when I played Colette,” added the actress. “She was an outsider.”
The fact that some of Knightley were best-known films, costume dramas, have you seen indelibly associated with the corset.
Part of Colette’s appeal, she said, was the release of a certain piece of clothing, ” so she could be more relaxed in their own skin.”
The actress admitted that she “looks good in a dress”, but insisted there were other factors that your choice of career.
“I have been lucky in the selection of my roles, I’ve mainly tried to play, complex, interesting, well-rounded women,” she said.
“If there is something that the career, apart from the corsets, and then hope that – with the occasional money gig thrown in.”
(Examples of the latter include might)in 2016, the collateral beauty, a supernatural fantasy-is currently scoring a 14% rating on rotten reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
“I try and find the characters that excite me, and this does not mean that the saints”, she went on.
“The slightly more morally ambiguous women are the ones that interest me. I am looking for women that I can detect.”
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Colette, Director: Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice fame, is one of several films about the female writer-on-screen in Toronto.
Others are Vita and Virginia, a portrayal of Virginia Woolf ‘ s relationship with the other author Vita Sackville-West, starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki.
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, meanwhile, tells of a young woman, played by Kristen Stewart, is a stand-in for her sister-in-law of the literary persona.
First seen at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Colette a gala screening at the London Film Festival next month before its UK release on 25. January.
Toronto Film Festival is on until 16 September.
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