Jeune and Jolie 2013

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Written and Directed by François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In The House), Jeune & Jolie (or Young & Beautiful) is a unique look at adolescent development into maturity. Whilst on holiday with her family, seventeen year old Isabelle (Marine Vacth) experiences her first sexual relationship with an attractive young man named Felix (Lucas Prisor). A few days later, and for no apparent reason, Isabelle casts him aside and cuts off all contact with him, behaving as if their encounter never happened. When she returns home to Paris, Isabelle begins a dangerous new career; she sets up a profile on an escort website and lies about her age in order to make appointments with older, wealthy clients in chic, expensive hotel rooms. On the one hand she is a cool professional, catering to the sexual whims of the various men she encounters; on the other she is maintaining the illusion of being a regular school student for her parents and friends. Her double life spirals out of control, however, when the unthinkable happens with one of her regular clients and she is forced to deal with the consequences of what she has been doing.

Starring:
Frédéric Pierrot, Marine Vacth
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Frédéric Pierrot, Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frederic Pierrot
Director Francois Ozon
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 24 March 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Frédéric Pierrot, Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frederic Pierrot
Director Francois Ozon
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 24 March 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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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
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sussman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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François Ozon's Young & Beautiful - a film that won't add up, well didn't for me. As time passes you believe you have the measure of it, but on further reflection the overall picture is somewhat inexplicable. A film concerned with female sexuality, chiefly in its nascent stages, and as such we the audience will be left puzzled. It centres on a Parisian teenager called Isabelle, played French actress Marine Vacth. She has a certain deportment - not unlike Catherine Deneuve's in Belle de Jour - that suggests she alone knows the answers and isn't telling.

As the film opens we meet Isabelle is on holiday with her family - on the eve of her 17th birthday, and she has decided to celebrate it by losing her virginity to a young German called Felix. An event, which for her, seems less of significance than she originally expected. Then the film jumps in time and family have returned to Paris: Isabelle, we discover, has turned to prostitution, a decision that the audience are never given a reason for. As the film moves on we are then, rather like voyeurs, given glimpses of her hotel room dealings.

After one, of her elderly customer experiences fatal heart attack during a liaison - she comes to the attention of the police, and this then leads to her mother finding out about her work. The audience are then shown the cash that she receives from her `activities' - as it simply piles up in her bedroom cupboard, it is obvious that money was not a motivator for her actions.

For me the film works because it withholds that tantalising answer of why she embarked on the path she had chosen: even when we learn of the event that lured Isabelle to prostitution was - just `idly fascination'. We leave the film without a real solution.
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