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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2013)

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72

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 13

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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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

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 Franšois 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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Franšois Ozon

IFC Films

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (13)

What is most striking about this movie is how un-self-conscious it is as it conducts a prurient and superficial inquiry into adolescent female sexuality.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Those who just want to admire the oft-naked Vacth will get their money's worth. Those seeking the usual fully realized Ozon drama will be disappointed.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Vacth, like the movie, is beautiful and resolutely humorless.

April 23, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Even if Isabelle's inner motives remain enigmatic, at least Ozon is interested in posing questions about rebellion and female desire that few male directors even bother to consider.

April 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a balanced and honest look at young sexuality, and thankfully never didactic in its approach.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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He has made a movie that the Louis Malle of Lacombe, Lucien, or the Truffaut of The 400 Blows, would have appreciated, an explicit look at how our humanity gets lost.

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Writer-director Francois Ozon continues in the absolutely riveting, ultra-voyeuristic vein he carried off with such consummate confidence in In the House with this equally mesmerizing study of yet one more adolescent with a deeply secret life.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film is a potentially florid coming-of-age story that's remarkably cool to the touch, not nearly as outrageous in execution as it is by description.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

It's an interesting picture, even when it doesn't reach any particularly volatile peaks, remaining exploratory without the usual cooling period of condemnation.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

The film's increasingly unnerving story mostly unfolds with minimal flair, intensely focused as it is on its steely and enigmatic protagonist.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Chaptering the film into the four seasons seems like a device without real meaning or clear metaphorical purpose. It begins in summer, when Isabelle loses her virginity, for example

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Ozon's films have often explored the intricacies of intimate relationships and in particular those of women. Despite the lure of the subject matter here, there is a lack of completeness about Young and Beautiful

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

"Young & Beautiful" is mysterious and erotic, though the ending may leave some as cold as Isabelle.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

An engaging and well executed turn from the accomplished Ozon.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Vacth remains impressively vacant throughout, although the real prize in that respect must go to Ozon himself.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Ozon's unappetising message to middle-aged men seems to be: paying for intercourse can actually improve your marriage.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This is an intriguing notion and it would have been a better film had it been more fully explored.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

In this tale of sexual awakening, the adolescent Isabelle is often naked and exposed; but we never once get under her skin.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Much of the picture feels - to these cloth-eared sensibilities anyway - profoundly and irredeemably dubious.

November 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It is piquant, disconcerting, graceful, enigmatic, implacable - and just a little scary.

November 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The crisp elegance of Ozon's style commands your interest, even as the film's blank psychology pays dwindling dividends.

November 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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
blacksheepboy

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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
John Ballantine

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