Jeune et Jolie 15

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DIRECTOR François Ozon
CAST Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat

François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful is a dark, mesmerising character study of 17-year-old Isabelle, following her journey from losing her virginity to leading a double life as a prostitute. Marine Vacth is stunningly compelling as a young woman, taking control of her life in a manner unfathomable to her middle-class parents. Clever and elegant, this film never follows the obvious path. (2013 France 94 minutes Subtitled)

BBFC advice: Contains strong sex, nudity and very strong language
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François Ozon tells the story of Isabelle, a 17-year-old student on an unexpected journey of sexual self discovery. After losing her virginity during a brief holiday romance, Isabelle returns home and, over the course of the following year, embarks on a secret life of prostitution. Exploring the effects of rebellious teenage behaviour on the moral ideologies of the bourgeouis family, Ozon’s unsensational approach compliments the youthful irreverence of his main character, superby played by Marine Vacth.

François Ozon’s cracking character study is a detailed, mesmerising slow burn. Played out in four seasonal chapters, the movie follows 17 year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth) from losing her virginity to a German bozo to becoming a tech-savvy call girl whose secret life is then exposed in dramatic ways you won’t see coming. Ozon’s filmmaking is elegant, realistic and refined, but even more impressive is his refusal to justify or explain away Isabelle’s motivations. In this respect he is helped by the terrific Vacth: at once self-possessed but adrift, world-weary yet tender. A star is born. Another typically assured piece of work from Ozon with a showstopping turn from newcomer Vacth. Expect to see a lot more from her.  Ian Freer, Empire

UK RELEASE 29 November 2013
RUNNING TIME 94 minutes

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