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Jeune Et Jolie (Young And Beautiful) 2013

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Presented over the course of four seasons, the mood of each characterised by a distinctive song, Ozon's film provides an unprejudiced glimpse into the adolescent female psyche.

1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director François Ozon
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This is a mildly erotic French movie with English subtitles.
Isabelle is a very pretty, intense, and academically gifted seventeen year old girl, who resembles Julia Roberts (I did wonder if this was deliberate on the part of the film maker, as a nod to Pretty Woman? - Pretty Woman [Blu-ray]).
Isabelle goes on a family holiday at the seaside, with her younger brother Victor in tow. Isabelle gets to know a German youth, Felix, who's aged about twenty. He shows her the local nightlife and ultimately seduces her on the beach, inexpertly taking her virginity.
Back home, Isabelle immediately becomes a high class escort, visiting horny businessmen in expensive hotels. Hence, the plot takes a rather stunning quantum leap in the plot, from the inexperienced teenager having a forgettable first sexual encounter, to pleasing a wrinkled, sixty-something silver fox in his 5 star hotel suite. Unfortunately, the film's credibility never really overcomes this very sudden and pretty unbelievable change of lifestyle for the girl...
This movie is stylishly shot and there's a very cool French pop soundtrack. It has certain parallels with both Belle De Jour and Christiane F., but isn't as good as either of those films - Belle De Jour (The Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray], Christiane F. [DVD] .
There are numerous scenes of suggested masturbation, fairly mild nudity - basically bared breasts and buttocks, and lovemaking, but nothing really explicit.
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48 of 52 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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13 of 14 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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