Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)
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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)
In Theaters April 25 (5 days)
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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a balanced and honest look at young sexuality, and thankfully never didactic in its approach."
‑ Erik McClanahan, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"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"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"An engaging and well executed turn from the accomplished Ozon."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"This is an intriguing notion and it would have been a better film had it been more fully explored."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's to Ozon's credit that he never serves up easy answers, and even after ample scenes of sex and showdowns with those closest to Isabelle, and even a scene with a psychologist, we're none the wiser as to what's driving her."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Vacth remains impressively vacant throughout, although the real prize in that respect must go to Ozon himself."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"In this tale of sexual awakening, the adolescent Isabelle is often naked and exposed; but we never once get under her skin."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Film4
"A nuanced, emotionally temperate study of a precocious youth."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"A tender, slyly funny and splendidly shot portrait of an adolescent prostitute that is easily the director's best work since "Swimming Pool"."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
""Young & Beautiful" is mysterious and erotic, though the ending may leave some as cold as Isabelle."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Ozon's unappetising message to middle-aged men seems to be: paying for intercourse can actually improve your marriage."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Much of the picture feels - to these cloth-eared sensibilities anyway - profoundly and irredeemably dubious."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
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