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Audrey Tautou (Amelie) glows as Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in this biopic, which dramatizes her life before she became an icon. The young Chanel ripens from orphan to singer to rich man’s mistress, ultimately turning her unique style into a worldwide brand. It's a gorgeous portrait of a visionary woman. (Sony Pictures Classics, $29)

-- THELMA ADAMS