Based on the life of the French novelist Colette, who after marrying successful Parisian writer Willy, is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. With money troubles mounting, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's eventual fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, which revolutionised literature, fashion and sexual expression. Her most famous novel Gigi, was an Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Starring Keira Knightley (Atonement), Dominic West (The Affair), Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve).