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French Damp Squib
on 28 October 2014
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.