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Jeune Et Jolie (Young And Beautiful) 2013

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.

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Genres Drama
Director François Ozon
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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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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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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By DavyG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
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Francois Ozon's plodding, unconvincing drama stars Marine Vacth as Isabelle, a teenage student who, on return to Paris from a holiday, suddenly embarks on a career as a call girl.
This is a bit of a strange film, and it's hard to figure what really makes it tick, and what, if anything, it's trying to say. Vacth's character is cold and not very pleasant, a charmless brat who would probably benefit much more from a clip around the ear and a good talking to, rather than having any amount of patience and understanding afforded to her. The fact that the motives for her actions are never adequately explored is very detrimental to the effectiveness of the story; is it teen angst, boredom, simple greed, rebellion against the boring conventions of a bourgeois upbringing... Frankly, it becomes really hard to care, as the viewer slowly but surely develops a sense of alienation with regard to the characters and events on screen. An uninvolving, and ultimately, rather dreary and aimless experience, a pale, pale shadow of the likes of "Blue Is The Warmest Colour". Not Ozon's finest hour by any means.
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By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2014
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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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