After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.
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Mr. Ozon just keeps getting better and better! His films never disappoint. She stopped being Isabelle at the end of the summer and became Lea in the fall by winter she had lived more than your average 17 year old. A beautiful portrayal of adolescence and sexual awakening. I don't think the focus of this is film is prostitution that's just a cheap route to describe this film.
Marine Vacth is a tremendous find in this perfectly cast tale from director Francois Ozon. Ozon creates wonderful parts for actresses and this marks his best effort in recent years in a tale set over four seasons as a young woman loses her virginity, gains power over her sexuality. loses said power before gaining some kind of wisdom to carry on. A quite wonderful journey marking one of this year's finest films.
Composed and emotionally sober, Jeune & Jolie is Ozon’s Belle de Jour of sorts, a coming-of-age tale of sexual discovery and youthful agitation, an across-seasons transformation from girl into woman, constantly teetering with devastation. Lacking any sort of forced melodrama or detailed explanations of motivation, Vacth is gorgeously mesmerising as Isabelle, coolly detached...
Being no fan of Ozon's work, this was a surprise. A lushly photographed study of dissociation (here: mirrors split the self (that revolving hotel door!) & the dissociated double at the first erotic encounter returns finally via the melancholic double of experience) & the impossibility of giving account of oneself (so: caviling about lazy characterization is lazy criticism at best. Thoughts on "male gaze" below.
You could watch Marine Vacth for the rest of your life, she's pure eye candy. The film, for me, is just a more unconventional coming-of-age story as Isabelle discovers sex and her power over men. The scene where she sees herself losing her virginity on the beach, like having an out-of-body experience, is probably the best one: so empty and sad. Nice soundtrack, too.
Deserves actually zero stars-- what a worthless movie... an unfortunate turn for Francois Ozon who has made some interesting films in the past. This is sexist, stupid, boring, and extremely disappointing. Conventional and mainstream in the worst ways