Tonight I watched L'Amour Fou and loved it.
It's a documentary about the Yves St. Laurent as told by his partner of 50 years, Pierre Berge. It was lovely but admittedly very sad.
My friends all know that I believe if a film has great real estate I will inevitably love it. This proved to be true, once again, in this film. Those houses, not to mention their contents... wow!
The film hops back and forth between the past and present. It begins from the time Yves and Pierre met, fell in love and launched the house of Yves St. Laurent to the recent extraordinary auction of the couple's belonging.
Yves was the artiste while Pierre ran their joint venture until the end. They seem to have broken up and lived separately as far back as the mid-70's but remained incredibly close while working together until St. Laurent's death in '08.
I happen to enjoy looking at classic fashion. Even the ridiculous I can appreciate as art. This film certainly showed lots of the famed couturier's fashion but it also spent lots of camera time lingering on the amazing homes of the couple. Their home in Paris is packed with remarkable treasures as are those in Marrakesh and Normandy. It was very sad to watch Christie's come in to pack up and haul away the spectacular collection of art.
My favorite moment was when Pierre throws questions at a young St. Laurent and films the answers. The result is a completely charming look a the two before addiction and depression slithered into their lives.
Even if you don't care a hoot about couture it's worth watching for no other reason than it happens to be so darn pretty to watch.
Check it out if you can.