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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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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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 18, 2015

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

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