I try not to turn on Netflix. But as I flew home from a quick mini family vacation in Charolette I decided this was the perfect opportunity to watch the french movie Yves Saint Laurent. Released in 2014 with the support of Yves Saint Laurent's partner Pierre Bergé and directed by Jalil Lespert. The majority of the film is in french so be prepared for some reading of subtitles, though Pierre's character even narrates a lot of the movie.
“Dressing is a way of life.” -Yves Saint Laurent
The film follows Yves Saint Laurent from his early career days of working with Dior to launching his own line, the escape he found in designing his collections, his love for his partner, the '60's and finally to the end.
I fell in love with the film and didn't stop talking about it for days. Niney; who played Laurent, brings to life the fragile mental state and anxiety that plagued the designer throughout his life. Pierre Bergé (Gallienne) is the opposite of Laurent, steady, sure and safe as Laurent is the "tortured genius." While Laurent is overcome with his mental anxiety and his inspiration, Bergé steps in, suing Dior for wrongful termination, finds the rest of the funding and launches the House of Yves Saint Laurent.
"Chanel freed women, and I empowered them."
The movie dictates a scene when Bergé and Laurent's muse Victoire are sitting around a table figuring out who else the need to make the company work, the retired doorman who knows everyone, the woman from ticketing, the list goes one. The film really illustrates that even through everything that takes place; the affairs, the drugs, that Yves and Pierre Berge still truly loved each other. Lespert does an excellent job of showing how Laurent's muses throughout the years truly inspired him, the thought behind the famous Mondrian dress and in the end created a beautiful movie that's worth watching.
So tonight instead of putting on the reruns of the same tv series you know by hand, head over to Netflix and check this out.
I'll bring the popcorn!