Saint Laurent’s strange short, ‘French Water’
Photo: courtesy of Saint Laurent
The French are proud of a lot of French things: their wine, their fashion and, apparently, their water. If you didn’t know, look no further than Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent fashion flick, French water.
As the movie unfolds you think you are about to watch a Dario Argento movie. It’s immediately brooding and neon lit with a weird but dreamy soundtrack. A waiter, played by the famous mustached Leo Reilly, stands with a tray of water while observing some of the guests – Chloë Sevigny, Julianne Moore and Indya Moore – hanging out after a dinner party. They can’t find Charlotte Gainsbourg, whom they’ve been looking for for hours. But Gainsbourg was there the entire time, dressed like a chic rock star on a bender while teleporting – changing into different outfits, causing a ruckus and avoiding his friends.
This plot, however, is a red herring. The star-studded cast is just the supporting cast for the main character: the water tray resting in Reilly’s hand. This poor waiter, who probably has to wait for all the guests to leave before he can return home, graciously offers water to each woman as he approaches him. “It comes from France,” he told them. “I love water,” they all answer.
Ultimately, Julianne Moore thanks the waiter for the water. “Delicious French water,” adds Sevigny. Then, coming out of the building, Julianne Moore asks Indya Moore where she has been since they were looking everywhere for her, to which Indya responds cryptically: “French water”.
There is a lot of symbolism in this movie, but one thing is clear: French water is obviously superior.