2 h 31 min | Drama, Biography | Release Date: 26.3.2015
Bonello’s film covers less chronological ground than Yves Saint Laurent but goes a little harder on the hedonism, as you’d expect from the heedless director of House of Pleasures and The Pornographer. Bonello’s script, written with regular Jacques Audiard collaborator Thomas Bidegain, focuses less on Saint Laurent’s troubled romance with life partner Pierre Berge (which formed the spine of Lespert’s film) than on his individual neuroses, insecurities and delusions. As such, it’s a less flattering portrait, with machete-cheekboned Gaspard Ulliel an aloof, glassy presence throughout; he’s a more dreamily charismatic presence than Pierre Niney, the twitchy lead of the last film, though he bears less of a physical or behavioral resemblance to the subject. The upside for Saint Laurent’s admirers is that Bonello’s film reflects more of the designer’s tortured creative drive in its dark onyx surfaces; it’s the slightly deranged auteur portrait that a fellow artist and iconoclast deserves.
- Guy Lodge / Variety
Bertrand Bonello: Saint Laurent. France / Belgium 2014. Käsikirjoitus/Script: Thomas Bidegain, Bertrand Bonello * Kuvaus/DOP: Josée Deshaies * Leikkaus/Editor: Fabrice Rouaud * Pääosissa/Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel * Kieli/Language: French, English, subtitles in English