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Yves Saint Laurent 2014

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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Genres Drama
Director Jalil Lespert
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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It's truly depressing that something so simple should get it so wrong. I don't doubt the sincerity of the team associated with this film, but the heavy hand of Monsieur Berge plus ludicrous casting makes this just dull. Yves was a monster with mental illness, Pierre was a saint who stood by him.oh yeah? The women are dreadful, Zizi Jeanmaire, Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise especially bear little resemblance the real women. The Karl and Jacques are equally oddly cast, and to be blunt most of the time the lead actor looks like Hamish Bowles not Yves Saint Laurent. Berge gets his revenge onpoor Yves' mother who I am sure was as tough as nails but it's unnecessary to dwell on it so much and the smallest details are wrong. The catwalk at the Intercontinental hotel was to my knowledge never so low, and the flowers surrounding the entrance are really mean, not huge and lavish as they were in real life. Wait until the other film appears on DVD and let's see what that's like. Meantime save your money.
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This is really about St Laurent's long-time (and apparently also) long-suffering lover and business partner, on whose memoirs the film is based. St Laurent is portrayed as a spoilt, unstable and throughly unlikable man, who fails to convince as this enormous talent and committed-to-his-work creature, but rather frolics around with everyone and everything in a random whirlwind of self-destruction. Lover/partner fellow gets more air time and is generally more convincing, although the story line is so thin and fragmented, and the various others coming and going so forgettable, that it hardly matters. There is comparatively little fashion, and the production is nowhere near as stylish as it should have been for such a film (anything from Tom Ford's stunning A Single Man to the delightfully silly and thoroughly enjoyable The Man From UNCLE are infinitely more stylish and visually striking than this). Don't bother.
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Hugely disappointing! If you want to know about YSL or how his fashion house developed, don't bother with this film. It's main focus is his relationship with Pierre somebody who is his partner and business help/ organiser. As the film progresses he descends into more and more depravity - drugs, gay orgies, etc. We ended up switching off before the end.
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Apart from wonderful views of Paris and the house in Morroco I did not enjoy this film.'it makes out that he was an enfant terrible a very spoilt individual. After thinking this man was an artistic genius I now have negative feeling about the fashion house. Maybe it was just too honest about him. Not my sort of film.
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