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on 11 June 2017
Vary fast delivery well pleased
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on 30 August 2017
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on 8 July 2017
I`m very please with it!
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on 27 July 2015
Jeune & Jolie was a bit of a frustrating film for me. I never particularly warmed to Isabelle as a character and most of the time I couldn't figure out why she was doing what she was doing. And by the end you get the message that if you're a girl who is young and beautiful enough, why not become an escort? Otherwise when you're old you'll regret being too shy to do it!

The film for me would have been better if it had ended after the scene with Isabelle and Alex on the bridge.
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on 23 April 2016
Rather a fine, poetic film, portraying a possible set of reactions in realistic family members to the disturbing revelation that the exceptionally beautiful daughter is dallying in prostitution, only for her to be shocked out of it twice and eventually achieve some sort of tolerable release and redemption.

Handsomely shot, and calmly directed by Francois Ozon + a subtle, luminous musical score.

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on 8 September 2014
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This film from director François Ozon has rather a dark aspect to it, but the subject matter is delicately handled and non-judgemental in presentation.

Teenager Isabelle (Marine Vacth) is an attractive and intelligent girl on the verge of adulthood; she is, however an inscrutable, enigmatic character and remains so throughout the film; apparently unable to find satisfaction with her relationships, she embarks on a double-life as an escort, meeting older men for paid sex; inevitably, she is found out...
I've seen this film dismissed as vacuous, voyeuristic, a male fantasy, etc., but I found this to be a compelling and honest film; Vacth gives a remarkable performance, cool but magnetic throughout and ably assisted by a strong cast - particularly Fantin Ravat as her little brother (perhaps the only one who truly understands her) and in a brief appearance towards the end, Charlotte Rampling.
Beautifully filmed, slow paced, but hauntingly intriguing; the melancholy-themed pop songs used in the soundtrack (several by Françoise Hardy, often on the subject of failed love) provide another subtle clue to Isabelle`s psyche.
It is a film that raises a lot of questions - perhaps answers none, but nevertheless has some depth; I suspect how one reacts to or interprets it will say more about the viewer's attitudes and insights than it reveals of Isabelle`s.
A finely nuanced, sensitive and thoughtful film.

The DVD extras are two short interviews with Ozon and Vacth.
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on 12 April 2015
Young & Beautiful is one of François Ozon's few completely serious movies, without even the gentle humor of In The House. This will appeal more to fans of Time To Leave or Under The Sand than to fans of 8 Women, for example - unless you love every movie he's ever made, as I do.

This is the marvelously well written, directed, photographed and acted story of a beautiful girl named Isabelle, from a prosperous and loving middle-class family, who turns 17 during the course of the movie. She and her younger brother Victor are best friends.

She has a strong sex drive but quickly discovers that she doesn't really enjoy the act itself. Her body insists on doing it, and she's in high demand because of her extraordinary beauty, so she goes online and turns it into a part-time job on weekdays after school. She does it more to channel her frighteningly strong drive into something productive than for the money - which seems to me like a remarkably intelligent and sensible decision for a 17-year-old. No one has any idea that she's doing it, even Victor.

Everything goes well until the police investigation of a sudden but natural death involves her, and the cops tell her mother. Since she's a minor, she's legally a victim, not a criminal, but the proverbial stuff hits the fan anyway.

Besides Ozon's brilliance and skill, which are remarkably consistent across the wide range of genres he experiments with, this movie is extraordinary for three wonderful performances. First is Marine Vacth as Isabelle. It's rare and delightful when a great beauty turns out to be greatly talented as well.

Second is Fantin Ravat as her little brother Victor. Theirs is the strongest, healthiest, most interesting and most gratifying sibling relationship I've ever seen.

Third is Charlotte Rampling as the wife of one of Isabelle's clients. The scene between her and Vacth is like a cinematic jewel, full of beauty and magic. Those two powerful women and Ozon raise an already very good movie into the heavens. Fantastic.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 April 2017
This is tale about a young and beautiful girl, just turned 17, who decides to become a prostitute. It's a well-made film, superbly acted all round and directed in a manner that takes its subject-matter seriously, presenting the story in a seductively tasteful manner that captures a sense of tragedy. It's a French film - with English subtitles - predominantly set on location in Paris.

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Isabelle (Marine Vacth) has sex for the first time, with a boy she's met on holiday. It's certainly not a sensual or romantic affair, and the experience leaves her feeling alienated from sex. Fascinated by this, and possibly in an effort to overcome it, Isabelle becomes a prostitute. She's attracted to the physical aspect of the encounter, as she's highly sexed, although she finds many of the clients unattractive and their demands distasteful. Yet, enjoying the thrill of such encounters, combined with the money she earns, Isabelle becomes caught-up in these goings-on. And, given her age and beauty, she's in great demand. Moving from one job to the next, prostitution starts to dominate her life. That is, until something happens - an unforeseen event - that forces Isabelle to rethink what she's doing. And when her family discover her secret, everything gets turned upside down.

Marine Vacth offers an unforgettable performance. On the one hand, she's sweet, tender and vulnerable; yet on the other, she's in control, determined and self-motivated. There is an erotic dimension to this film, and the sex scenes are moderately explicit. Certainly Vacth is eye-catching. Yet this is more a film about a girl 'coming of age' - and deciding how to go about experiencing sex. In her quiet, introspective way, Isabelle is seeking her place in the world, trying to fit in, whilst doing so on her own terms.

For all that's good about this film (which is a lot), I do think that the portrayal of prostitution is somewhat naïve. Isabelle lives a comfortable life, as part of a middle class family, and wants for nothing. Put simply, there's nothing motivating her to become a prostitute; that is, aside from a single disappointing sexual experience. As such, perhaps the film could have done more to present an explanation. It hints at such possibilities (e.g. divorced parents), but ultimately offers a narrative centred on Isabelle's choice to engage in self-degradation - without an explanation as to why.

Nonetheless, for anyone who enjoys French films starring stunningly attractive young females, this is a worthwhile movie.
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on 3 December 2016
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