“When I close my eyes, I see piles of clothing. When I open them, I see only darkness.” So says Yves Saint Laurent (in a stunning performance by Gaspard Ulliel) in the movie “Saint Laurent,” which opens here more than a year after it took Cannes by storm. It has since bagged multiple awards on the film festival circuit, including the prestigious Cesar Award for Best Costume Design.

Like its titular designer, “Saint Laurent” is a mass of contradictions and tremulous with sensitivity; at the same time, it runs on a dogged stamina and revels in Saint Laurent’s powerhouse work ethic. It’s an intriguing (if at times over-the-top) portrait of a designer obsessed with his craft. Start to finish, the movie enthralls and intoxicates.

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