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Young & Beautiful(Jeune & Jolie)

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France · 2013
1h 35m
Director François Ozon
Starring Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Charlotte Rampling, Frédéric Pierrot
Genre Drama

While on a summer holiday with her family in the south of France, 17-year-old Isabelle decides to lose her virginity to a German boy named Felix. The experience leaves her unsatisfied. When she returns home, she embarks on a career as a sex worker at high-class hotels under the name "Lea."

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Empire by

Another typically assured piece of work from Ozon with a showstopping turn from newcomer Vacth.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

At times a rich, intimate observation of emerging sexuality, the movie also maintains a quiet, observational rhythm that peaks around wintertime when things grow dark for the character and then more or less watches her grow up.


Total Film by James Mottram

Ozon keeps the melodrama at bay to deliver a typically subversive study of growing pains. And in Vacth he’s found a real star-in-waiting.


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

Ozon wants to have it both ways with Young & Beautiful, using a young woman's risk-filled sexual awakening as an illustration of coming-of-age, while also demanding a realism from a situation that he keeps far from being rationalized and justified.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

François Ozon's new film is a luxurious fantasy of a young girl's flowering: a very French and very male fantasy, like the pilot episode of the world's classiest soap opera... But this is well-crafted and well-acted.

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