Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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 magnetic, delivering a star-making breakout performance in this sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama. -- (C) IFC Films
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Marine Vacth
as Isabelle
Fantin Ravat
as Victor
Johan Leysen
as Georges
Nathalie Richard
as Véronique
Lucas Prisor
as Félix
Jeanne Ruff
as Claire
Serge Hefez
as Psychiatrist
Carole Franck
as Policewoman
Olivier Desautel
as Policeman
Stefano Cassetti
as Man at Hotel
Patrick Bonnel
as Man in Mercedes
Rachel Khan
as Lab assistant
Gurvan Cloatre
as Hotel Employee
Iliana Zabeth
as Iliana
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Critic Reviews for Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (30)

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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is a different kind of coming-of-age story.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
The New Republic
Top Critic

Never amounts to anything more than its title's shallow descriptors.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ozon keeps things simmering without quite boiling over, even when convention might demand it.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Trying to figure out Isabelle keeps the viewer engaged, and Vacth's focused acting justifies her being almost continually in the frame.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)


Interesting if somewhat laconic French film with a beautiful Vatch giving a somewhat somnolent performance.

Joe Moran
Joe Moran

Unusually straightforward film from Ozon, but a gripping one with a nicely underplayed central performance.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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