A biopic. And an enjoyable one, if you can believe it.
There’s something profoundly-DNA-level French about this film. In the way it conceptualises every department, from photography to production design, and especially editing, Saint Laurent vibrates with aesthetic ideas. Editing can be sexy and cool, imagine that!
Somehow, the film succeeds in applying fashion industry keywords and concepts (modernity, innovation / tradition, classicism; stylish form / content) and this translates into visual freshness.
The plot’s temporal order of events - we jump more or less causally through the creates - doesn’t build up any kind of narrative intensity, somehow making us feel that any period of Yves Saint Laurent’s life was as relevant as the next.
Gaspard Ulliel is of lately a personal revelation. He’s expressive and strong.