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Yves Saint Laurent

A man who needs no introduction. And yet... Officially sanctioned by Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurents partner in love and business for almost fifty years, this biopic might have focussed on the legendary designers glory days alone. These we see, but we also witness this fragile, conflicted genius  Bergé reputedly said that Saint Laurent was born with a nervous breakdown  succumb to darker demons and become all the more human for them. He is portrayed  or rather, lived  in a phenomenal performance by Pierre Niney (It Boy). Narrated by Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne, superb), the film spans 20 years, from Saint Laurents arrival at Dior, a fashion house he would go on to direct when barely 21 years old, to the founding of his own YSL label; from dazzling inspiration to the debilitating strain of designing four collections a year. (The clothes are Saint Laurent originals.) From domestic splendour to decadent drug-fuelled partying and cruising in the night shadows; from Paris to Morocco, Jalil Lesperts intimate film is a story of love, passion, creativity, perfectionism, and an artist who, in transforming fashion  and the promotion of it  left his mark on the 20th century.  Sandra Reid

Year: 2014
Genre: Drama, Queer Cinema, French Cinema, True Stories, Biography, Film Festivals 2014
Country: France
Director: Jalil Lespert
Starring: Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Pierre Niney, Laura Smet, Marie de Villepin
Duration: 101 Minutes
Rating: M - Drug use and sex scenes
Subtitles: Yes
6.2/10
Location in store: Foreign (France)

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