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Jeune & Jolie (Young and Beautiful) [DVD] [2013]


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  • Actors: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Producers: Eric Altmeyer, Nicolas Altmayer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GDEZMKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,731 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Young and Beautiful is the latest film from François Ozon (`In the house' and `Potische') he has a flair for great camera work and being able to tell a story effortlessly. This time he has made quite a dark tale. It is about Isabelle (Marine Vatch in her first big screen outing) who is very young and very beautiful. So on a summer holiday with her family she meets suave German Felix. He talks his way into getting what he wants and then she just drops him. What at first looks like being a bit of a disaster for her in the self gratification department soon takes on an unusual twist.

She decides to live a double life by being a hard working student and a prostitute in her spare time. She gets her `Johns' by plying her wares on line. She meets a variety of clients including George whose entanglement with her will cause everything to change.

I have really enjoyed Ozon's previous work especially `Dans la maison', but with this there seems to be some of the warmth missing. The twists in Isabelle's character are not unbelievable but so extraordinary that as the central focus of the film it prevents all the other elements from getting much attention. So as an ensemble piece it loses a bit - unlike his previous work. The young brother is the exception and provides the best vehicle for showing that Isabelle is a complex character capable of a wide range of emotions and essentially still growing up - this is Victor played by Fantin Ravat. The ending may leave some feeling short changed too but this is far from being an average film and I did find an awful lot to like, watch out for a cameo from Charlotte Rampling too. So not Ozon's best, but still good enough to be head and shoulders above most of the competition - recommended.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
François Ozon has made possibly his most enjoyable film here for about a decade. It puts sex centre-stage which is really his strongest suit, and recalls the daring premise of Criminal Lovers, while having a more stylish surface. Marine Vacth (Isabelle) is certainly beautiful, remarkably so, in fact, even in an era when beautiful faces get photographed all the time. Her portrayal of a seventeen-year-old who decides to become a prostitute while doing her baccalaureat, without telling anyone, of course, is treated with all Ozon's trademark ambiguity, but without the tricksy narrative effects he sometimes uses. Here, what you see is what happens, in the right order. The tone is beautifully poised, not at all moralising, with the camera showing its eroticising potential to the full, far more so than a lot of porn. It is not so much how much flesh you see, but the suggestion of sexual possibility which suffuses almost every frame. The contrast between the liberation of the erotic impulse and the stifling, closed-in bourgeois world he focuses on is dizzying. The result is something unique to him, even if it borrows from Belle de Jour. He gets more tenderness than that film, although Jeune et Jolie is admittedly not going to become a classic of those proportions. Some of the scenes are startlingly rude in unexpected ways - in this respect he outstrips Bunuel - particularly when Isabelle gets a boyfriend and brings him over to the parental home. However it doesn't let go of a realistic framework as happened in Sitcom, and the sense of surprise is therefore more effective.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jackets on 4 April 2014
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This is a beautifully told tale of a seventeen year old girl experiencing her first love and encounters with sex and the experiments she takes in exploring both. Everyone in the film is absolutely natural and believable: you never get the feeling that these are actors playing a role, but that you are seeing the actual characters being themselves. The nudity is so natural and normal as to be almost totally unisexual. This is French cinema at its best!
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Beautifully acted by the remarkable Marine Vacth, but ultimately this film is a series of let-down plotlines and a series of unanswered questions. Not questions to ask yourself as good art would, but questions of "Huh?..." along the way.
No real reason is given as to why Isabel gets into what she does, every encounter is very much by-numbers....no depth, no reasoning......and, to be honest, quite a naïve suggestion that prostitution is safe, thrilling and something of a rite-of-passage for a young girl.
'Pretty Woman' lent a ridiculous Hollywood slant to the oldest profession......'Jeune et Jolie' just lends it French accent.
Vacth is the big find in this story that offers a lot, but, ultimately, fails to deliver.
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My daughter (studying French A Level) and I watched this together. We were a bit disappointed with the incongruity of the storyline, and the number of questions which we felt were left unanswered. For example, what was the main chatracter's motivation to do what she did? We hoped this would become clear by the end of the film - but were still left wondering at the end! The film didn't really live up to expectations, sorry to say, despite some good acting.
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