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Dior and I will obviously appeal to fashion fans, but this beautifully tailored documentary may draw in even the least sartorially inclined.
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If only "Dior and I" told us why we should care.
Fascinating, suspenseful, illuminating, and ultimately moving.
The movie, not to mention the company, deserves praise for showing the challenges as well as the triumphs; "Dior and I" doesn't shy away from conflicts when they arise. This isn't marketing material. It's a real look at a fascinating line of work.
This undramatic and flat peek "inside" the sewing rooms of Christian Dior holds little in the way of entertainment.
We get to know the people - mostly women, but a few men - whose hands create these intricate, beautiful garments.
Tcheng finds Simons in moments of haughty self-confidence and tremulous self-doubt.
The film pays homage to Mr. Dior with a story that is both personal and informative.
The excess detailed in the Saint Laurent films is well behind us - which is good for Simons' health, but perhaps not so good for documentary viewers looking for something beyond formulaic structures.
Anyone who enjoys seeing the process behind creating a beautiful object and a peek into a rarified world should find Dior and I a good fit.
It celebrates Simons' vision, but, more interestingly, also reveals to viewers the busy, hierarchical world of the atelier, where dozens of highly skilled craftspeople, headed by a workshop première, labour for long hours on a collection.
Dior and I seems like the movie equivalent of one of those glossy multipage ad spreads that thicken up your favorite perfume-scented magazines - or, at best, an extended and extremely haute episode of Project Runway.
A film that will timidly approaches the people who are part of the "soul of Dior" workshop. The team effort that marked a before and after for the firm. [Full review in Spanish]
It offers us an interesting look into the fashion house Christian Dior by showing the backstage of the stressful creation of Belgian designer Raf Simons' first haute-couture collection, yet I guess it will please more those who work in the business and fashion buffs in general.
Could not get enough of this fine documentary, which must help to inspire any creative person wishing to turn their ideas into reality. It is like a manual on how to succeed. Economical, it gives precise insights into the essential creative concepts of the house of Dior, its key workings and personalities. Democratic at least in spirit, it shows the team and the atelier; we see how much of a design and a finished product comes from them, which is in fact a great deal, and is acknowledged as such. The story is technical, intelligent and builds gracefully up to the climax of the fashion show full of emotion and excitement. Along the way, we are shown the tensions of the short deadline, without any trace of hyperbole or hysteria. Dior's legacy is précised; there is a view of his stunning home. The fabrics, designs and models are beautiful, and the show is a spectacle; but the real stars are the collective effort, the love of superb craft, and the organisational skill of all concerned. Anyone who has tried sewing a complicated garment will tell you what a deep well of patience and discipline is needed, and how big therefore is the achievement of the atelier. Not only are there great profits and reputation at stake; everything depends on the participation of everyone. It is a recommendation for the longevity of a person's work and a job for life. We are not told how the profits are shared or what the politics of the house of Dior might be: the fact that mentioning these seems indelicate might of itself say something; and of course they would not be irrelevant in real life. Still, the film should be an object lesson for any management course in organizational behaviour; the Taylorist MBA in particular would benefit (no pun is intended). As a depiction of haute couture, it goes without saying that this film is everything that the recent Laurent film was not. By all means take your son or daughter along with you here; it can only assist their careers, their ability to work with others, their capacity to follow through; and their good taste in people, ambience and clothing. French perfection, with both substance and style.
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