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Young and Beautiful
     

Young and Beautiful

Director: François Ozon, Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot

Cast: François Ozon, Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot

 
François Ozon's Young & Beautiful stars Marine Vacth as Isabelle, a 17-year-old on a summer holiday with her family when she loses her virginity. Upon returning home, she begins working as a prostitute, eventually developing something of a relationship with an older john who treats her better than

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François Ozon's Young & Beautiful stars Marine Vacth as Isabelle, a 17-year-old on a summer holiday with her family when she loses her virginity. Upon returning home, she begins working as a prostitute, eventually developing something of a relationship with an older john who treats her better than many of her other clients. After an unexpected event, Isabelle's mother learns of her daughter's secret life, causing a great amount of conflict between everyone in the family, and leading to complications between Isabelle and her stepfather. Meanwhile, Isabelle's younger half-brother wrestles with puberty. Young & Beautiful screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Although François Ozon's Young & Beautiful comes loaded with the director's signature sexual frankness, it mostly lacks his taste for black humor. He also leaves behind his penchant for aping Hitchcock, and instead serves up a straightforward psychological drama about a young woman's sexual development. The movie stars Marine Vacth as Isabelle, a 17-year-old who loses her virginity while on a summer holiday with her family. Upon returning home, she explores her newfound sexual powers and begins working as a prostitute, eventually developing something of a relationship with an older john who treats her better than her other clients. After an unexpected event severs her bond to that older man, Isabelle's already concerned mother (Géraldine Pailhas) learns of her daughter's secret life, causing a great deal of conflict in her family and leading to complications between Isabelle and her stepfather (Frédéric Pierrot). Meanwhile, her younger half-brother (Fantin Ravat) wrestles with puberty. Vacth is in her early twenties and only about five years older than Isabelle, and she ably captures her character's complicated inner-life. It's a rich and difficult role that requires her to show us Isabelle's nagging dissatisfaction and frustrations: her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her growing understanding of how she can trade her sexuality for emotional and monetary support, and her realization that she has unwisely isolated herself from everyone around her. Vacth deserves praise not just for being able to hit so many different notes, but for her restraint as well. Isabelle never comes off as a symbol or a metaphor; she's just a typical young woman having problems processing emotions she thinks she's mature enough to handle. Ozon utilizes supporting characters to suggest other thematic elements. We see her brother's development in short glimpses that suggest the different ways that society deals with sexuality in teenage boys rather than in teenage girls. Elsewhere, a climactic scene between Isabelle and her favorite john's wife (Charlotte Rampling) shows how Isabelle's problems aren't new, and are unlikely to find an easy resolution. Young & Beautiful begs comparison to another French movie, the previous year's Blue Is the Warmest Color. Both are unsentimental, explicit examinations of a young woman trying to comprehend and control her sexual desires, but whereas Blue had an operatic quality to it -- the emotions were huge and it was three hours long -- Ozon keeps his tale lean. While that's admirable, the one complaint that can be levied against the film is that it feels too familiar. As well made as it is, the movie has nothing new to say about the difficulties of becoming an adult and the growing pains that come with sexual maturity. While Young & Beautiful may be a minor film for Ozon, it's hardly a lesser one, and it provides a hopefully career-making performance for Marine Vacth, a very talented young actress who seems ready to take on any challenge.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2014
UPC:
0030306938295
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc Independent Film
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
31,606

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marine Vacth Isabelle
Géraldine Pailhas Sylvie
Frédéric Pierrot Patrick
Fantin Ravat Victor
Johan Leysen Georges
Charlotte Rampling Alice
Nathalie Richard Véronique
Djedje Apali Peter
Lucas Prisor Félix
Laurent Delbecque Alex
Jeanne Ruff Claire
Serge Hefez Psychiatrist
Carole Franck Policewoman
Olivier Desautel Policeman
Akela Sari Mouna
Stefano Cassetti Man at Hotel
Patrick Bonnel Man in Mercedes
Rachel Khan Lab assistant
Gurvan Cloatre Hotel Employee
Iliana Zabeth Iliana
Charlotte-Victoire Legrain Charlotte

Technical Credits
François Ozon Director,Screenwriter
Eric Altmayer Producer
Nicolas Altmayer Producer
Jerome Briere Asst. Director
Pascaline Chavanne Costumes/Costume Designer
Laure Gardette Editor
Benoit Gargonne Sound Editor
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound Mixer
Pascal Marti Cinematographer
Sylvain Monod Production Manager
Gill Robillard Makeup
Philippe Rombi Score Composer
Brigitte Taillandier Sound/Sound Designer
Katia Wyszkop Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Young & Beautiful
1. Opening Credits [5:22]
2. Here He Comes [10:45]
3. Times Are Hard [9:15]
4. Watch Your Tone [7:17]
5. Party Animal [9:16]
6. Good Husband [6:18]
7. Not My Business [9:16]
8. Turning Tricks [8:02]
9. Dumb Stuff [7:09]
10. Kiss Me [7:20]
11. Leave Me Alone [10:12]
12. Ending Credits [2:56]

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