Very good acting, sets and costumes, but the plot needed some work. The story dragged on and while it wasn't at all as melodramatic as someone might expect, I can't help but feel that the story only got more exciting right at the end, when Chanel had become a full fledged couturier.
We only got a few minutes of a more stern and collected business-woman, who made her way into a male dominated field by using both her eye for the aesthetic and a true philosophy of what female fashion should be like. A view at Chanel at the start of her career, rather than right before it, would've made a better movie, I think.
A bit of a disappointing film, especially since the story had such potential: Cain and Abel type brothers, bad one is envious of what the good one has, then something happens and either the good brother has a second chance at life or the bad one has a chance to start over.
And it could have been so good if it weren't trying to be a horror or a quasi-mystery. If it had dealt more in introspection, in feelings of inadequacy and jealousy and a desperate want of acceptance, it could have been excellent.
But as it is, it falls flat on its face.