Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie)
Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 26, 2014
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73%
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62%



Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Kiva Reardon
Globe and Mail

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

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Francois Ozon's quiet sexual drama raises more questions than it answers.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

It's a candid but insightful character study about adolescent impulses that feels more insightful than exploitative.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...echoes Luis Bunuel's 1967 classic Belle de Jour in some obvious ways

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
John Ballantine
Ozon has produced another masterpiece. Although deeply troubling in its storyline, the characters leap off the screen and make a deep connection with you.… More
Daniel Parsons
Unusually straightforward film from Ozon, but a gripping one with a nicely underplayed central performance.