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Saint Laurent – Review

Saint Laurent Review
Saint Laurent Review
Saint Laurent Review


Release Date: 24th September 2014
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Writer: Thomas Bidegain - Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel - Jérémie Renier - Léa Seydoux - Louis Garrel



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Posted October 5, 2014 by

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Saint Laurent Review:

It’s never been that simple to make a biopic so that it’s informative, realistic and worth watching. However, every year dozens of biographical films standing out on cinema’s posters, prove that it’s not getting any easier. Film “Saint Laurent” once again shows futile effort to throw a sidelight on life of genius. And Cannes’ festival official selection doesn’t make it any better. By the way, it is a second long-feature dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent that’s released this year and, unlike previous one, hasn’t been approved by designer’s family.

In the long-drawn rhythm spectator hardly guesses the stained main plot that turns around love triangle: Yves Saint Laurent (Gaspard Ulliel), Pierre Bergé (Jérémie Renier) and Jacques de Bascher (Louis Garrel). Within provocative homosexual scenes and repetitive night life patterns there’s no chance to approach the unique slightly neurotic personality of monsieur Laurent. Furthermore, the technique of kaleidoscope which intends to make summary of period from 1967 to 1976 confuses spectator instead, and pales the main intrigue into insignificance.

However, Bonello has a doubtless genius for photographic side of shooting. Certain images give slight suggestion of intimacy. The film is filled with small details which Yves was attached to, e.g. his love to Marcel Proust, French bulldog called Mujik and collecting. These particulars have been used in order to recreate the character of the great couturier, but contrary to director’s expectations, didn’t add together in an integral picture.

Special attention deserves image of restored characters. Despite stunning resemblance of Gaspard Ulliel with Yves Saint Laurent, his acting consisted in imitating Laurent’s mimics without personal attachment. Other actresses like Léa Seydoux and Aymeline Valade didn’t have at all chance to add personality to their heroines, and were assisting only as decoration.

Creator of unisex style, trapezoidal silhouette, woman’s tuxedo, that’s what Saint Laurent was. Unfortunately, Bertrand Bonello’s movie rebuilt the image we don’t want to disclose.

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