Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)
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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)
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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Never amounts to anything more than its title's shallow descriptors."
‑ Kiva Reardon, Globe and Mail
"Francois Ozon's quiet sexual drama raises more questions than it answers."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"It is a nuanced look at a young woman's exploration of her own power, and lack thereof, as she rushes headlong toward adulthood."
‑ T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
"Ozon's male gaze peers at a middle-class high-school girl selling sex to older men"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"This is a different kind of coming-of-age story."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Ozon keeps things simmering without quite boiling over, even when convention might demand it."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's a candid but insightful character study about adolescent impulses that feels more insightful than exploitative."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Is she a virgin, or a whore? Surprise, she's both! This French drama about a teenager is infuriating in its reductive stereotypes."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Accepts that there are a wide spectrum of mistakes made during youth, and time does no favors."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"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."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Trying to figure out Isabelle keeps the viewer engaged, and Vacth's focused acting justifies her being almost continually in the frame."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"...echoes Luis Bunuel's 1967 classic Belle de Jour in some obvious ways"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"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."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
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