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Film review: Yves Saint Laurent

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Synopsis: 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. [IMBD]

Verdict: The movie is narrated by Yves’ business partner and lover Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne) and it’s told as if Pierre is talking to Yves (Pierre Niney) about their lives.
It starts in 1957, when Yves works for Christian Dior, who passes away and puts Yves creatively in charge of The House of Dior. After Yves is diagnosed with manic depression Dior fires him. Yves decides he wants his own line and Pierre, whom he’d met in 1958, helps him collect the money. From there a long and tough journey starts.

Yves develops from a shy young man, who didn’t even dared to walk the runway to take credit for his work, to a man curious about sex and drugs. He explores his lifestyle in Morocco, where he meets LouLou de la Falaise, the woman who will become his accessory associate. Before the arrival of LouLou there was another woman in Yves’ life: Victoire Doutreleau. They met at Dior and just like Pierre she supported him when he started his own line. Their friendship ends when Victoire and Pierre have a sexual encounter, though she’s married and he’s in a relationship with Yves. I wonder if this actually happened, just like the affair between Yves and Karl Lagerfeld’s partner Jacques de Bascher. But of course, why would they include it in the film if it hadn’t?

Through the course of the film you see not only Yves change, but also the fashion industry. It’s very inspiring. In the ’50 the shows were private and models posed differently. Now there’s often a big audience and millions of people who can stream the show online, the runways are much longer. For the movie they were allowed to use pieces created by Yves Saint Laurent. Every time something was shown I felt the urge the applaud with the audience.

Recommendation: I have never seen an interview of Yves so I don’t know how he moved or talked but Pierre Niney acted perfectly. He was never out of character. He was also supported by a wonderful cast and beautiful set. If you’re passionate about something, I would recommend to watch Yves Saint Laurent.

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