Young & Beautiful

Young & Beautiful

(Jeune & jolie)
François Ozon / F, 2013
French version / Czech subtitles, 95 min

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After Under the Sand, 8 Women and Swimming Pool, France’s cinematic wizard, director François Ozon, again delves into the mysterious world of the female soul. The story’s protagonist is 17-year-old Isabelle, who has her first sexual encounter during the summer holidays at a resort in southern France – an episode that is just the beginning of this story about a sexually inquisitive girl. After returning to Paris, she begins to earn money through encounters with various older men. Her mother and stepfather give Isabelle absolute freedom, and have no idea of her secret activities. Yet everything changes when one of her clients dies in bed, and the police and a psychologist become involved… Over the course of four seasons and with four songs, Ozon creates a teenage version of Buñuel’s Belle de jour (1967). In Marine Vacth he found the ideal actress to portray his main character.

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