Young & Beautiful

Young & Beautiful  {Jeune & jolie}
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Young & Beautiful
Jeune & jolie
France, 2013, 95 Minute Running Time
Topics: Drama, Sex, Teen
Program: Modern Masters
Language: French English Sub-Titles

No stranger to controversy, France’s not-so-young enfant terrible François Ozon ("Swimming Pool") has contrived another provocation with this unflinching portrait of a 17-year-old Parisienne, Isabelle (model-turned-actor Marine Vacth), who very deliberately chooses to work as an expensive call girl.

Ozon’s nonjudgmental tone and visual finesse elevate this potentially lurid scenario. Isabelle’s mother (Géraldine Pailhas) is understandably dismayed when the truth comes out, but the filmmaker charts a more neutral path, posing very pertinent questions about young women, sex and power that resonate well beyond the boundaries of the movie, making this a worthy modern counterpart to Bunuel’s classic Belle de Jour.

“Vacth really owns the film… Obviously she’s extravagantly, wantonly photogenic (a quality exploited in full by Pascal Marti’s impeccable lensing), but she also gives a proper performance, especially in the final reels when Isabelle starts to feel the irretrievability of the innocence she so brutally cast aside.”
- Leslie Felperin, Variety

DIRECTOR: François Ozon
Producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Editor: Laure Gardette
Screenwriter: François Ozon
Cinematographer: Pascal Marti
Music: Philippe Rombi
Principal Cast: Martine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Johan Leysen, Charlotte Rampling
Filmography: In the House (2012)
Potiche (2010)
Angel (2007)
Time to Leave (2007)
5x2 (2004)
Swiming Pool (2003)
8 Women (2002)
Under the Sand (2000)
Print Source: Sundance Selects

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