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  • Summary: The public life of Yves Saint Laurent was as extravagant as it was decadent, as a design prodigy and then the grand coutourier of an fashion empire he influenced fifty years of style -- but few are familiar with the private life of the legend. In Pierre Thoretton's L'AMOUR FOU, Pierre Bergé, the man with which YSL shared four decades of his life and love, reflects on the equally extravagant history of their personal relationship. Framed around the 2009 auction of the priceless, elaborate art collection amassed by Yves and Pierre personally over several decades, this extraordinary documentary provides an unprecedented look at the life of a mythic personality, whose personal life matched his public for elegance, extravagance and passion.(IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 10, 2011
    80
    As engrossing as it is maddening, Pierre Thoretton's documentary on the sale of Yves Saint Laurent's extensive art collection is perched somewhere between a sanded-edged official portrait and a keen examination of affluence run amok.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 20, 2011
    75
    L'amour Fou engages and moves viewers in two distinct ways. It engages us by showing us something we don't know about that's interesting. It moves us by showing us something we immediately understand, that has nothing to do with being a big shot and everything to do with being just another person at the mercy of time.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 12, 2011
    70
    To realize that you may have the world while still feeling as if you have nothing is to experience a closer encounter with the void than most of us are likely to have.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Verner
    May 27, 2011
    63
    Despite its name, L'Amour Fou, a documentary about the late fashion genius Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, is not entirely a love story. Really, it's a story of loneliness and loss.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    May 27, 2011
    63
    While Pierre Thoretton's film boasts vivid archival footage of some YSL couture collections, Bergé's lugubrious tone renders everything black.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    May 10, 2011
    60
    It plays like an extended auction catalog with commentary. Thematically recalling Olivier Assayas's "Summer Hours"-another film dealing with objects in a French art collection as receptacles for memory and personal biography-it sorely lacks that drama's tension between insular nostalgia and the wider, rapidly evolving outside world.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 13, 2011
    50
    Not a definitive portrait of the designer, nor does it pretend to be. But it should be of interest to viewers even if there's not a single YSL label in their wardrobes.

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  1. Jun 6, 2011
    7
    A decent take on the public persona & private life of YSL and Pierre Berge. A really privileged look at their amazing art collection, which during the course of the film is being packed up for auction. The narrative builds around this sale, which nicely shows the complexity and slightly calculating nature of Berge as he leaves behind the trappings of his life with YSL. Sad, but also a bit overwrought and maudlin. If you are interested in fashion or in a rare look at a brilliant and loving partnership, then you must see this. If not, you'll find it dull. Expand