At age 25, Olivier Rousteing was named the creative director of the French luxury fashion house, Balmain. At the time, Rousteing was a relatively unknown designer, but in the decade since, he’s proven his business prowess and artistic instinct by leading Balmain to new heights. Wonderboy gives the viewer the rare opportunity to experience the inner sanctum of the fashion world, as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this extraordinary individual while he works. Once the day’s hectic pace subsides, the camera becomes Rousteing’s confidante, and he opens up, revealing intimate details about what both worries and drives him.
It’s this willingness to be vulnerable that enables a man who designs for superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Beyoncé to come across as wholly human and relatable. Abandoned as a baby and raised by adoptive parents, Rousteing’s natural charisma hides a lifelong desire to track down his birth mother. His need to learn about his ancestral roots is intertwined with his need for notoriety; he’s haunted by the notion that one day his birth mother will recognize him and come to claim him. This thoroughly absorbing film captures one man’s contemplation of who he is and where he comes from.—Lucy Mukerjee
Anissa Bonnefont was born on February 26, 1984 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for films including The Eyes Of My Father, Une Nuit Dans Paris, and Hasta La Vista Fanfan.