Yves Saint Laurent

Directed by Jalil Lespert

France, 2014

Cornerhouse, 23 March 2014

The film presents a portrait of the great French couturier, drawn largely from the viewpoint of the man who knew and loved him best.

Yves Saint Laurent comes across as a complex man and there is no doubt that his art transformed the world of fashion.  He was gay, plagued with depression, worked as hard as a Trojan, was afflicted with genius.

There was a tragic aspect to his life, we’re led to believe, but isn’t tragedy just a matter of asking for too much?  And who asks for less?  There’s no doubt that his life was, on the whole, a fulfilled one.  He bought a lot of beauty into the world.

A vivid portrayal, an engrossing film.