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631 Ratings

Saint Laurent

Directed by Bertrand Bonello
France, Belgium, 2014
Biography, Drama, LGBTQ+


In January 1958, a young Yves Saint Laurent was called upon to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant, as he presented his first collection and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class.

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Saint Laurent Directed by Bertrand Bonello

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Special Mention: Palm Dog

César Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Costume Design

2015 | 9 nominations including: Best Actor

Prix Louis Delluc

2014 | Nominee: Best Film

Lumiere Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Actor

2015 | 4 nominations including: CST Award

It features Bonello’s finest auto-critque as the Saint Laurent showcase pieces of couture clothing are paraded before the camera on one-half of a split screen. On the other side is revolution and violence. The two inform each other, but they can never be equal.
October 18, 2019
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French writer-director Bertrand Bonello is a master at setting a mood and evoking how events play out in memory, though his willful detachment from his subjects makes him an acquired taste… Like Bonello’s House of Pleasures (2011), this takes place mainly in confined interiors and divulges tantalizingly little about how the characters relate to the outside world.
May 27, 2015
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A shape-shifting journey through the life and career of Yves Saint Laurent, it probably won’t teach you anything particularly new about the famous designer… Instead, Bonello gives us fragmented glimpses of key events in YSL’s life — all in an effort to capture something ineffable about the man. I knew almost nothing about fashion going in, and I think I knew even less coming out. But I was still awed by the film.
May 09, 2015
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