Saint Laurent (film)

Saint Laurent is a 2014 French biographical drama film co-written and directed by Bertrand Bonello, and starring Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent, Jérémie Renier as Pierre Bergé, and Louis Garrel as Jacques de Bascher. The supporting cast features Léa Seydoux, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade, and Helmut Berger.[3][4] The film centers on Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career.[5] The film competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival[6] and was released on 24 September 2014.[5]

Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent film poster.png
French theatrical release poster
Directed byBertrand Bonello
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyJosée Deshaies
Edited byFabrice Rouaud
Music byBertrand Bonello
Distributed byEuropaCorp Distribution
Release dates
  • 17 May 2014 (2014-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 24 September 2014 (2014-09-24) (France)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
  • French
  • English
Budget€8.7 million[2]
Box office$2.4 million[2]

It was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[7] In January 2015, Saint Laurent received ten César Award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.[8] It also received five nominations at the 20th Lumières Awards, winning Best Actor for Gaspard Ulliel.[9][10]


The film tells the story of the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent at the peak of his career between 1967 and 1976.



The shooting of Saint Laurent began on 30 September 2013.[11]


The film was originally scheduled to be released on 14 May 2014. In January 2014 the studio announced the release was pushed back to 1 October 2014.[12] The release date was later changed to 24 September 2014.[5]

In May 2014, Sony Pictures Classics acquired the North American rights at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered in competition.[6][13] The film was also screened at the 52nd New York Film Festival in September 2014.[14]

In May 2015, the film opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles to a $36,136 opening weekend.[15]


Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 60% based on 85 reviews, and an average rating of 5.78/10. The website's consensus reads, "A well-intentioned but frustratingly diffuse biopic, Saint Laurent proves an ironically poor fit for a look at the life of a fashion icon."[16] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 52 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

Susan Wloszczyna of gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars, writing, "If you come away remembering anything from this 150-minute movie as it overstays its welcome, it will be individual scenes rather than the overall effect, for that is where Bonello shines."[18] A. O. Scott of The New York Times described it as "a compulsively detailed swirl of moods and impressions, intent on capturing the contradictions of the man and his times."[19]


Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
2014 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Saint Laurent Nominated
40th César Awards Best Film Saint Laurent Nominated [20]
Best Director Bertrand Bonello Nominated
Best Actor Gaspard Ulliel Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Louis Garrel Nominated
Jérémie Renier Nominated
Best Production Design Katia Wyszkop Nominated
Best Sound Nicolas Cantin, Nicolas Moreau, Jean-Pierre Laforce Nominated
Best Cinematography Josée Deshaies Nominated
Best Editing Fabrice Rouaud Nominated
Best Costume Design Anaïs Romand Won
Globes de Cristal Award Best Actor Gaspard Ulliel Nominated
Louis Delluc Prize Best Film Saint Laurent Nominated
20th Lumières Awards Best Film Saint Laurent Nominated
Best Director Bertrand Bonello Nominated
Best Actor Gaspard Ulliel Won
Best Screenplay Thomas Bidegain and Bertrand Bonello Nominated
Best Cinematography Josée Deshaies Nominated
5th Magritte Awards Best Supporting Actor Jérémie Renier Won
19th Satellite Awards Best Costume Design Anaïs Romand Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards 2016 Best Actor Gaspard Ulliel Won
Best Supporting Actor Helmut Berger Nominated
Best Production Design Katia Wyszkop Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Saint Laurent". Cannes. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b JP Box Office
  3. ^ Diderich, Joelle (10 January 2014). "Yves Saint Laurent Biopic Wins Pierre Bergé's Approval". WWD. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Saint Laurent". Unifrance. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "" Saint Laurent " de Bertrand Bonello". Elle. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Oscars: France Selects 'Saint Laurent' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  8. ^ "César 2015: les nominations". AlloCiné. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ "L'académie des lumières: les nominés 2015 (l'année 2014)". Académie des Lumières. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  10. ^ "'Timbuktu' Sweeps France's Lumieres Awards". Variety. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  11. ^ ""Saint Laurent" de Bertrand Bonello à Cannes?". AlloCiné. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  12. ^ "La sortie de "Saint Laurent" de Bertrand Bonello repoussée !". AlloCiné. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  13. ^ "CANNES: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Bertrand Bonello's 'Saint-Laurent' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  14. ^ "NYFF52 Main Slate". NYFF. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  15. ^ "'The Apu Trilogy,' 'I Am Big Bird,' 'Saint Laurent' Top Specialty Box Office Debuts". Deadline. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Saint Laurent (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Saint Laurent Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  18. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (8 May 2015). "Saint Laurent". Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  19. ^ Scott, A. O. (8 May 2015). "Review: 'Saint Laurent,' Beautiful People, High Fashion and Career at Its Pinnacle". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  20. ^ Richford, Rhonda (20 February 2015). "Cesar Awards: 'Timbktu' Sweeps, Kristen Stewart Makes History". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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