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Young & Beautiful

2014-01-03 14:15
Young & Beautiful
What it's about:

Isabelle (Marine Vacth) is on summer vacation in the South of France when she takes up a desultory relationship with Felix (Lucas Prisor), a hunky German tourist. He is neither her emotional nor her intellectual equal. We watch her give up her virginity to him, only to cast him aside without a care days later.

We next meet Isabelle in the fall, back in Paris, where we discover that she's set up a website to accept appointments from johns she will meet for sex in chic hotel rooms. She is a cool professional.

But this does not mean she's immune to the effects of the sexual whims of and occasional rough treatment from men. It is only with one regular client that she allows herself to experience any pleasure. That is until the unthinkable happens and she's forced to deal with the consequences of her decisions.

What the critics thought:

A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth.
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

It's to Ozon's credit that he never serves up easy answers, and even after ample scenes of sex and showdowns with those closest to Isabelle, and even a scene with a psychologist, we're none the wiser as to what's driving her.
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Ozon's unappetising message to middle-aged men seems to be: paying for intercourse can actually improve your marriage.
- Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London

A tender, slyly funny and splendidly shot portrait of an adolescent prostitute that is easily the director's best work since Swimming Pool.
- Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

Jeune Et Jolie.

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