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Yves Saint Laurent 2014

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Paris, 1957. 21 year old Yves Saint Laurent is catapulted to international stardom as the successor to Christian Dior, only to be subjected to the public humiliation of being red a few years later.

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1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jalil Lespert
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer on 9 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
"Yves Saint Laurent" (2014 release from France; 105 min.) brings the story of one of the biggest names ever in the fashion design industry, YSL. As the movie opens, we are in 1957, where we see young Yves with his family in Oran, Algeria (not long before the revolutionary war breaks out). During the opening titles, we jump to today, where YSL's partner explains why he is selling all of the art they had collected over the last 4+ decades. We then jump back to the late 50s, and it's not long before the crazily-talented YSL is off to Paris, where he works under that other monument of the French fashion industry, Christian Dior. When Dior unexpectedly passes away, YSL becomes the head designer (he was barely 22!). Meanwhile. we also get to know the personal life of YSL. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, there are dueling biopics on YSL currently out there. Besides this movie, there is also the similarly titled "Saint Laurent", also from France, so be careful to be sure that you don't mistakenly confuse one with the other. Second, this movie tries to give us both a look at YSL's professional life and his personal life, but in the end really doesn't do either one justice. It all seems very hurried (the movie covers 1957 through 1976), and as a result the movie lacks depth and drama. That is really a shame as there are some good moments in it. One of those is when YSL is under observation at a military hospital, and YSL's partner tells him: "Do you want to live or do you want to die?" Another good moment comes much later when the same partner observes "You are happy only twice a year: in Spring and in Fall, when the collections come out".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DavyG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
This sumptuously produced French biopic follows the triumphs and tribulations of one of the 20th century's most iconic figures. It picks up the story with the arrival of young Yves as the "boy wonder" of haute couture in 1950s Paris. It then leads on into the downward spiral of dissolute behaviour and depression, fuelled by drugs and alcohol, which characterised his later years.
The film is anchored by two fine central performances. Pierre Niney really looks the part in the title role, and Guillaume Gallienne is excellent as his longtime business partner and lover. The problem is that the script allows for an ample demonstration of the subject's tendency towards self-destructive behaviour, but precious little insight into what drives him to it. Without this insight, the story becomes repetitive, and just a bit tedious.
It's a beautiful film to look at, but at heart it's cold and shallow, and at its conclusion, its subject remains as inscrutable and enigmatic to us as at its beginning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Freak on 20 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film about the life of Yves Saint Laurent, and the pitfalls being a genius with a mental issue can have. Well told, great acting from the ensemble cast, and I am presuming the costumes were based on original YSL designs. If I have a draw back it was the glossing over of what was a devoted partnership with Pierre Berge who was obviously more than a business partner. A film I am happy to recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
I must admit, I was surprised to enjoy "YSL" the film after a mass of non-favourable reviews. The film is beautifully made; it's stylish, alluring, dark and a bit disturbing. Unfortunately, the film provides no real insight into the difficult (if slightly crazy) mind of the haute couture virtuoso or the process of creating in general.

"YSL" feels more often than not like a generic film on self-destructive genius, not really diving in the essence of the man. And it ends abruptly.

An extra star goes to Pierre Niney - what a brilliant performance! Bravo!

I doubt I will be re-watching the film, but I am definitely now fascinated by Yves Saint Laurent the man. For those of you who enjoy this kind of films, I recommend Valentino: The Last Emperor [DVD].
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It is a huge challenge to try re-create the life of the Fashion Icon Yves Saint Laurent. I think Monsieur Niney not only looks like the great designer as a young man but also have a lot of his mannerism down to a fine art. The behind scenes in the YSL atelier and all that goes on in putting on a couture show etc was all very well executed. it was kind to keep the scenario to the younger dynamic Yves - and not ‘maestro’s latter career - although a genius ‘with cloth’ and the unique artistic approach to his creations - many true Icon Cuts. As a design student we went to the Paris Couture shows in 1968 and was lucky to have entrance invitation for a large number of the shows, Dior, Givenchy, Balmain etc as in those days students were given access, although seated in the back row, but ‘being there’ was magic - including 3 of us went to the YSL Couture Show, breathless experience that have stayed all these years and one of the reason’s I wanted to recap his life.
A small note to DVD distribution executives - please brake down the language and bureaucratic frontiers - any decent French Film should be published with optional English Subtitles and language options vice-versa!! I had to buy this YSL DVD in Amazone UK to have the English subtitles (as always DVD’s are cheaper in UK stunningly up to euros 20-40 in some cases compared with France!!) Many US releases for example come with French and other language options!!
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