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'Saint Laurent's' stylish biopic can't tie threads together

'Saint Laurent's' stylish biopic can't tie threads together

There's good cause to shake the biopic form out of its exhaustively linear, birth-to-death rut, and Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent" — starring Gaspard Ulliel as the storied French designer — valiantly tries. It's a coolly rendered, time-hopping dissection of artistic temperament and pop existentialism bracketed by the couturier's late '60s flowering as a transformative figure and his '70s descent into drugs. Bonello and co-screenwriter Thomas Bidegain trust that you know why Yves Saint Laurent was game-changing and scandalous. (A little pre-viewing research helps.) That leaves lots of time for intimate, drawn-out scenes of dress...

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