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Things We Love: “L’Amour Fou”

Some of our editors have already caught a screening of the the new Yves Saint Laurent documentary, L’Amour Fou (Crazy Love), which began filming just six months after the death of the storied designer. With the central voice of the film being YSL’s longtime partner in life and business, Pierre Bergé, the story that’s told to documentarian Pierre Thoretton leaves the viewer with not just a portrait of grief, but the realities of a love story, a candid illustration of a genius and many close ups of an extensive collection of very expensive, very rare, very beautiful art, sculpture and antiques. Thoretton has subverted the way that fashion documentaries are made – away from the glimmering parties in Beijing and witty sound bites of a master couturier – and goes straight to the artistry, the pressures, the relationships and the life of Yves Saint Laurent.

The film centers around the well-documented 2009 sale of Saint Laurent and Bergé’s extensive art collection, which Thoretton explains, “is the result of their life, it wasn’t an investment, it was their life together. And to be living amongst objects that were so important and so prestigious, kept bringing him [Bergé] back to very strong moments and memories in the relationship. And that’s difficult.” Initially, explains the director, the film was meant to be just about those objects d’arte, but it quickly became evident that the story was about so much more.

The film opened last week in NYC, May 20th in Los Angeles and in select cities nationwide after that.

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