Main Plot Points:
- Acclaimed director Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Woman) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening, featuring a “luminous, star-making performance” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) from its young lead actress, Marine Vacth.
- After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting older gentleman clients for erotic hotel room trysts. But throughout her sexual escapes Isabelle remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes from them. What then does Isabelle hope to gain by offering her body up to the whims of strangers?
- A sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama, Young And Beautiful heralds the arrival of a new talent as guided by the masterful hand of one of cinema’s most assured artists.
What We Thought:
- Young & Beautiful is hot and erotic, I just don’t quite get the point of it.
- It’s easy to understand and follow, I just don’t quite get what I was supposed to get from it. She doesn’t really learn anything or change much throughout the film. It’s not out to tell us how bad child prostitution is. In fact, it didn’t really show too many negatives.
- Something bad does happen and the cops get involved, but by the end, is anything learned? Is anything different? I didn’t see anything different.
- All that being said, good lord is it sexy. Marine Vacth is breathtaking. If you don’t have a thing for French women, you will after this. Wow, she’s smoking. But not only that, she’s very good in the film as well. I can definitely see her becoming a star because she has the proverbial “it”.
- Young & Beautiful has an easy to follow narrative. If the filmmaker was trying to prove a point, I might have missed it. Usually a young girl involved with sex wants the audience to feel bad or see that it’s wrong. I didn’t quite get that from this. Still worth seeing for Vacth’s performance alone though.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Marine Vacth
- Frederic Pierrot
- Director Francois Ozon
Recommended if You Like:
- Blue is the Warmest Color
- Swimming Pool