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2,194 Ratings

Young & Beautiful

Jeune et jolie

Directed by François Ozon
France, 2013


After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout four seasons, Isabelle remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters or the money, but rather led by an overwhelming desire for self-discovery.

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Young & Beautiful Directed by François Ozon
Many of [Ozon’s] films—from the early short A Summer Dress to the recent feature In the House—end purposely unresolved, with the protagonists recognizing how little they understand their own behavior. Ozon’s worldview is an acquired taste, as it stands in opposition to that of modern psychological novels and films (admittedly, I’m a sucker for it myself). Yet in Young & Beautiful, that worldview dovetails with a meaningful critique of current social ills.
May 28, 2014
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[Vacth’s] performance deepens as the film progresses, however, even as she continues playing it close to the chest. Isabelle’s later interactions with her well-meaning stepfather and with a normal, nice-guy boyfriend slowly begin to hint at a deep pathology that never threatens to efface the character’s humanity; it’s remarkably assured and subtle work, worthy of comparison to Catherine Deneuve’s brilliantly blank turn in Buñuel’s film.
April 24, 2014
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Though the filmmaker’s flair for the bombastic and macabre remains, with Young and Beautiful he channels that energy into a quiet, earthbound story that grows stranger and sneakier as it progresses.
April 21, 2014
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