Young & beautiful

Young & beautiful

DVD - 2014 | French
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After losing her virginity, seventeen-year-old budding beauty Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

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jimg2000
Aug 21, 2020

AKA Jeune Jolie - Young Pretty. A can't-wait-to-grow-up teenager explores her sexuality by meeting up with men via the Rencontres & Vous - Meetings & You web site. Suggest to read Nursebob's comment dated Jul 24, 2016. Actress Marine Vacth would have been about 22 in 2013 when the film was released.

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22950009157199
May 05, 2019

Young and Beautiful is a very engaging film with a compelling narrative and fine acting, particularly from Marine Vacht as Isabelle. Encounters can be arranged via the internet so easily. François Ozon has sketched out the nightmare of every 21st-century parent with an attractive teenage girl. I definitely recommend it.

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Nursebob
Jul 24, 2016

A more apt title for this coming-of-age film from French provocateur François Ozon might be "Young and Beautiful and Self-Absorbed and Naive and Making Bad Decisions", and it wouldn’t exactly be a criticism either for it takes some of its inspiration from Rimbaud’s poem “You’re Never Serious at 17”. Despite the subject matter however this is far from a cautionary tale about youth lured into vice. Ozon instead presents a clinical look at one young girl’s sexual curiosity and willingness to push the limits imposed on her by family and society. If the men she encounters seem two-dimensional—including her absent father and kindly grandfather surrogate-cum-regular trick—it is because they are being viewed through the eyes of puberty by a kid who still thinks the world revolves around her. Heavy with images of duality (mirrors, mirrors, everywhere) the story unfolds in four chapters each representing a particular season. It all begins with the bright sun-washed innocence of summer and ends in the Spring when Isabelle has a tête-à-tête with an older and wiser reflection of herself (Ozon favourite Charlotte Rampling). Often dry as toast as is his wont and with the all the expected sexual transgressions neatly in place, this is not exactly French navel-gazing for Ozon sets his sights both a wee bit lower and higher than that particular landmark.

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 22, 2016

Either Hard R or NC-17. A pretty 17 year old girl becomes a prostitute and for most Johns she has no feelings. George, a very much older John, treats her with warmth and tenderness. While playing these potentially dangerous adult games, she at times misses her feelings of innocence. She's at the very difficult transition from childhood to adulthood.

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Vivica
Oct 30, 2015

Good ...but disturbing ...

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 18, 2015

This film by French director Francois Ozon told the story of a young girl who was loved by her mother and step-father, yet chose to pimp herself for money. The reason for her action was never explained. So in a sense this is a coming-of-age story, but one with a disturbing twist. In French with subtitles.

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jimg2000
Aug 21, 2020

How do I look? Am I hot?
-You look like a whore.
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I never met a girl like her.
-Course not. You're German and she's French.
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I know, I lied about my age.
-Doesn't everyone?
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How old are you?
-Twenty.
Beautiful eyes. Melancholy. You look very young.
-I know. People often say that.
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No one's serious at seventeen.
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Full-time business?
-No, just occasional.
Know what they say? Once a whore, always a whore!
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When the pain is a little less, we forget there is no happiness.
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Are you a good husband?
-I try to be.
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Dying while making love is a beautiful death, no?

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jimg2000
Aug 21, 2020

Rimbaud explores the intoxication of nature and the excesses that lead to love... when you're young and lose your inhibitions. When you're 17, you can have a summer romance, then go back to school and tell everyone how you fell in love, and what a great summer you had.

His beloved makes him a man. It's about becoming an adult. It's about the euphoria of summer, being carefree, having freedom... happiness and joy. There's a neologism in the third stanza. A reference to Robinson Crusoe. You have an adventure but ultimately you're alone. It ends as it begins. Life is often symbolised by an unbroken circle, infinitely repeating itself. It's not just a poem about meeting someone. It's like a diagnosis of youthful dreams of love.

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jimg2000
Aug 21, 2020

Go easy on your mother, she's fragile. Talk to her, help her understand. It's hard for a mother.
-It's my business, my life.
Make an effort, be nice. She's very upset.
-Are you?
Yes, I'm upset, too. Doesn't matter, I'm not your dad.
-So what do you think?
I think you're a teenager experimenting, testing her limits, transgressing.
-Ever slept with a whore?
None of your business.
-Come on, tell me! I won't tell Mum.
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Did he talk about me?
-No, never.
How old are you really?
-17.
17... Lovely age. I was 17 when I met Georges. I knew he saw other women. At first it hurts... In the end it suited me. I've always been melancholy. If I'd been brave, less shy... I'd have liked men to pay me to make love. But I never dared. Sometimes I fantasized about it. Now I'm too old. I'm the one who'd have to pay.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 18, 2015

Sexual Content: Quite a bit of frontal nudity and sexual scenes. Not suitable for children.

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