Yves Saint Laurent 2014

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A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.

Starring:
Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne
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Yves Saint Laurent

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon
Director Jalil Lespert
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 14 July 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DavyG on 25 Oct 2014
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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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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 movie dwells too long on the fact the Yves St Laurent was a Homosexual. Or was he? This movie seems to think that we wish to know all about his fay relationships with both men and women.
I found the film trashy as it did not inform much about the man’s talents for selecting materials and philosophy towards design. I love Yves St Laurent suits and have a couple. I wanted to know about the person who could understand that design classics in Haute Couture can be considered as art. Why people dress in such a style and how they frame their minds to do so. Instead this was nothing more than a cheap journey into lightweight soft porn. If wished to know the real secrets of the man and his dreams.
In short, this movie is Utter Tripe.
Oh! Yes, one good point. The French is reasonably spoken and clear to understand for those wishing to learn from French Movies. The actors do not gabble at speed or use litanies of slang.
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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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