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|Haute couture … Pierre Niney as Yves Saint Laurent and Charlotte Le Bon as model Victoire Doutreleau. Photograph: Thibault Grabherr|
27 Mar 2014: The French fashion designer’s biopic boasts talented actors and immaculate costume recreations, but it also features boring fashionistas doing boring things, which kills the story’s tension, writes ©ourtesy of Alex von Tunzelmann.
The film implies that Saint Laurent died pretty much straight after the 1976 show, though actually he lived for another 32 years. Still, it has outstayed its welcome by this point, and the swift end is appreciated. In an apparent attempt to retrofit itself with wider relevance, it bangs some title cards on the end making a few lofty claims about how Yves Saint Laurent single-handedly invented feminism, ended the cold war and freed Nelson Mandela, or something. A bit de trop.