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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Yves Saint Laurent

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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 2014
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"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Freak on 20 Aug 2014
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Peter Shea on 28 Aug 2014
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A great Biopic and very illustrative insight into the person with a product .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K Payens on 1 Aug 2014
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I just loved this movie. Music is excellent. I have already ordered a soundtrack CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A Williams on 3 Aug 2014
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Fascinating. Wish it was a longer film with more detail. But really great.
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A great insight into a talented, innovative and complex designer. So sad that such a brilliant man was so troubled. Well worth a watch.
A must see .
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By joel on 24 Sep 2014
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A perfect transaction, all good.
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