This slow-paced, decidedly melancholic documentary tells the life story of French couturier Yves Saint Laurent through the eyes of his partner Pierre Bergé. We get glimpses into the timid designer’s career and personal life, from his appointment as Christian Dior’s successor at age twenty-one to his retirement in 2002. Archive footage and interviews with friends reveal his passion for travel and art, his dedication to his work, playful moments backstage, but also the enormous stress of coming out with four collections a year, and his struggle with depression and addiction.