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|Yves Saint Laurent|
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jalil Lespert|
|Based on||Yves Saint Laurent|
by Laurence Benaïm
|Music by||Ibrahim Maalouf|
|Edited by||François Gédigier|
|Distributed by||SND Films|
|Box office||$21 million|
Yves Saint Laurent is a 2014 French biographical drama film directed by Jalil Lespert and co-written with Jacques Fieschi, Jérémie Guez and Marie-Pierre Huster. The film is based on the life of Yves Saint Laurent from 1958. The film stars Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet, Marie de Villepin, Xavier Lafitte and Nikolai Kinski. The film opened the Panorama Special section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival at the renovated Zoo Palast, with director, cast and Pierre Bergé in attendance. The film received seven nominations at the 40th César Awards, winning Best Actor for Pierre Niney.
In March 2013, The Weinstein Company acquired the rights to the film to distribute in the United States, while Entertainment One holds U.K., Australian and Benelux distribution rights, including Canadian distribution rights.
Principal photography began in June 2013. Part of the filming was done with Bergé, who sent "out models on the runway for a reconstitution of Saint Laurent's famous Opéra Ballets Russes collection of 1976, which was filmed at the fashions show's original venue, the Westin hotel (formerly known as the InterContinental.)" Bergé's foundation loaned the film "77 vintage outfits from its archives and allowed Lespert to film certain scenes at its headquarters on Avenue Marceau in Paris." Bergé "praised Lespert's film—based largely on a Laurence Benaïm biography of Saint Laurent and Bergé's reminiscences in his book Letters to Yves—for showing the designer's demons." Bergé said "...there are details I don't like, but that is of no importance whatsoever. You have to take the movie as it is—as a whole."
Yves Saint Laurent received mixed reviews. On film aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a rating of 45%, with an average score of 5.3/10, based on reviews from 65 critics. The site's consensus reads "While it boasts its share of fine performances, Yves Saint Laurent is also disappointingly bland and formulaic — especially given its subject's dazzling reputation." On another website, Metacritic, it has a score of 51/100 (indicating "mixed or average"), based on reviews from 25 critics.