If you haven’t yet spared 11 minutes to watch Karl Lagerfeld’s new short film for Chanel; here’s your chance. Once and Forever, as it’s called, is a fictional look behind-the-scenes of a fictional biopic on Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, with actress Kristen Stewart playing an actress playing the lead role. Very meta.
The Twilight star and Chanel muse does so with gusto – albeit leaning more towards diva tendencies than the part itself. Despite singing a little, attempting to dance and speaking a touch of French, she has a hard time getting into the role, isn’t impressed by the director, doesn’t believe in the actor playing the part of the love of her life, is furious about the producer inviting the press, and smokes and swears throughout. It’s perhaps the most real, even if entirely dramatised, Chanel has ever been.
The fact Stewart rocks Chanel Couture in some scenes juxtaposed with a hoodie and jeans in another, is also somewhat brilliant.
Meanwhile, Geraldine Chaplin plays an older version of Coco Chanel – something she has done many times before – beautifully. Watch to the end, the final scene is by the far the best.
Also starring are Jérémie Elkaïm, François Marthouret, Amanda Harlech, Jamie Bochert, Jake Davies, Baptiste Giabiconi and Laura Brown. The film premiered Tuesday, December 1, as part of the brand’s Paris-Rome 2015/16 Métiers d’Art collection. See further highlights from it, here.