Gaspar Noé is not a filmmaker I am all over. But his legions of fans will be champing at the bit about his new short film Saint Laurent. Noé definitely has a reputation though and he always hits the headlines wherever he goes and with whatever he makes. His most recent film Lux Æterna premiered at Cannes in 2019 and marked a collaboration with fashion house Saint Laurent. According to the press, paramedics were on hand in the anticipation of sickness and fainting during the screening.
I watched the 7-minute short film and didn’t think much of it. The Hollywood Reporter called it ‘slightly spooky’ but I disagree. Unless you count the opening 20 or so seconds as making a whole film spooky. Summer of ‘21 opens strong with a beautiful brunette screaming and running through a darkened forest. Dance music plays in the seated background throughout. The song is a Sebastian remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” Music and lyrics are by Summer with Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder. Then the woman runs inside a large majestic estate, safe. From there, models are seated throughout a large and indulgent foyer. The short films’ lead Charlotte Rampling is shown sitting at a dressing table staring into a mirror.
The whole performance is drenched in a red light and the screen splits in two. The women are shown getting up in a dizzying relay of exits. I waited on the finale thinking there would be some grand climax, but alas the short film is supposed to be more of a show case of producer Anthony Vaccarello’s collection.
Production and Starring
Overall, people can get excited about this I guess, but for Mother of Movies, it was more akin to watching a really cool commercial. Watch Saint Laurent – Summer of ’21 for yourself below.
- Starring models: Stefania Cristian, Anok Yai, Grace Hartzel, Antonia Przedpelski, Miriam Sanchez, Aylah Mae Peterson, Clara Deshayes, Kim Schell, Mica Arganaraz, Sora Choi, and Assa Baradji.
- Also starring Charlotte Rampling.
- Produced by Anthony Vaccarello (from Saint Laurent fashion house.)
And written and directed Gaspar Noé.