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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 21

Ozon may not explore his themes as fully as he should, but Young & Beautiful poses enough intriguing questions -- and features a strong enough performance from Marine Vacth -- to compensate for its frustrations.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 7

Ozon may not explore his themes as fully as he should, but Young & Beautiful poses enough intriguing questions -- and features a strong enough performance from Marine Vacth -- to compensate for its frustrations.



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Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Marine Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for sleazy hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers. As the enigmatic Isabelle, Marine Vacth is



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Aug 26, 2014


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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (21)

It became clear, as the movie wore on, that Ozon isn't interested in explanations, psychological insights, lessons, judgments, diagnoses, or any of the other stuff that normally preoccupies storytellers.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is a different kind of coming-of-age story.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Prostitution in polite society is still a nettle fearfully grasped. You see, society is not polite and it's about time movies stopped peddling that fluff.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Never amounts to anything more than its title's shallow descriptors.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Ozon keeps things simmering without quite boiling over, even when convention might demand it.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Trying to figure out Isabelle keeps the viewer engaged, and Vacth's focused acting justifies her being almost continually in the frame.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Francois Ozon's quiet sexual drama raises more questions than it answers.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

It's a candid but insightful character study about adolescent impulses that feels more insightful than exploitative.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

...echoes Luis Bunuel's 1967 classic Belle de Jour in some obvious ways

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It is a nuanced look at a young woman's exploration of her own power, and lack thereof, as she rushes headlong toward adulthood.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

Is she a virgin, or a whore? Surprise, she's both! This French drama about a teenager is infuriating in its reductive stereotypes.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The result is a movie that feels more like a lab report than any cogent exploration of the human condition, but again, it's this clinical approach that best approximates the female psyche as girls come of age.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source:

Ozon's male gaze peers at a middle-class high-school girl selling sex to older men

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Accepts that there are a wide spectrum of mistakes made during youth, and time does no favors.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: RedEye

No Buñuel-like, "Belle de jour" surrealism, no enormous political canvas to be drawn and illumined, no reductionist pronouncements of psychology: just large, curious eyes, looking without hurt or hope or damage but also without affect.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

Puts the Nymphomaniac series and Blue Is the Warmest Color in the shade.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Vacth gives a luminous performance, but her character is less explored than her body, and that's the film's major shortcoming.

May 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Audience Reviews for Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)

Marine Vacht gives shape to an enigmatic character that remains fascinating during the whole time even if we don't understand what drives her to act and behave the way she does - which makes for an engaging viewing despite the fact that she never opens up to us.
November 29, 2013

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Ozon has produced another masterpiece. Although deeply troubling in its storyline, the characters leap off the screen and make a deep connection with you. It's challenging but worth taking in.
September 9, 2013
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