Watch: Charlotte Rampling Stars in Eerie Gaspar Noé Film for Saint Laurent
We have always eagerly allowed ourselves immersion in the dark, haunted cinematic realms of controversial Argentine auteur Gaspar Noé, from his directorial work on Placebo’s tormented ‘Protege Moi,’ to Nick Cave’s ‘We No Who U R,’ to 2019’s meta, thought-provoking Lux Æterna, for which he filmed Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg playing themselves making a film about witches.
So, that Saint Laurent would enlist him to work his caliginous magic in collaboration with the exalted actress Charlotte Rampling seems like something that probably should have happened years ago…something almost inevitable. And the resulting seven-minutes-and-fifty-two-seconds short that accompanies the French fashion house’s Summer of ’21 collection is so riveting, nay heart-racing, as leave one wishing it to become perhaps its own two-hour feature film.
Set to the relentless soundtrack that is French DJ-producer Sebastian’s synthified remix of the Donna Summer / Giorgio Morodor disco masterpiece ‘I Feel Love,’ it opens with a shaky camera capturing a panicked late night dash through a shadowy-looking wooded landscape, punctuated by blood-curdlingly terrified screams. It then cuts to the young girl (the runner/screamer) entering an eerie, Neo-Classical manse of some sort, which happens to be occupied by Ms. Rampling, who is looking deeply reflective in a dressing room that seems to be dripping with blood.
What follows can perhaps only be described as an episode of What We Do in the Shadows if it were art directed by Karl Lagerfeld. In fact, we’re sort of hoping that this is what the rest of our 2021 will mostly be like.
Oh, and the clothes are gorgeous, bien sûr.