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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

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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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Cast

Marine Vacth
as Isabelle
Johan Leysen
as Georges
Nathalie Richard
as Véronique
Serge Hefez
as Psychiatrist
Carole Franck
as Policewoman
Stefano Cassetti
as Man at Hotel
Patrick Bonnel
as Man in Mercedes
Rachel Khan
as Lab assistant
Gurvan Cloatre
as Hotel Employee
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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.

June 19, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

June 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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.

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

May 16, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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…
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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)

½

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 engaging viewing despite the fact that she never opens up to us.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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