High fashion films have a track record of being consistently gorgeous. I’m not talking about, say, “The Devil Wears Prada” (though I will never not argue that it’s one of the best movies ever), but rather the type of high-brow videos that result from collaborations between fashion houses and illustrious directors. Take, for instance, Martin Scorsese’s short for men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, David Lynch’s campaign for Dior’s Lady Dior, or the Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme ad created by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky — as you can see, efforts of this ilk have seriously beautiful outcomes.
Yesterday, guests at Cannes were privy to an unexpected screening of one such show: Prada’s brief, brand-new film, directed by the controversial and critically celebrated Roman Polanski and starring Helena Bonham Carter alongside Sir Ben Kingsley. The 3 1/2-minute long video, titled “A Therapy,” is unlike many of its predecessors in that it contains dialogue, though it still appeals on a heart-stoppingly visceral level. As always, Bonham Carter stuns, but the real magic lies in her co-star… and the details. The knotted pearls! The flash of the label on her (Prada) pumps! The purple fur coat! Charming, vaguely peculiar, and singularly lovely, this artful cross-over between fashion and film is not to be missed. [Fashionista]