Archive of films Young & Beautiful / Jeune & jolie
2013, 95 min
During her summer holiday at a resort in southern France, 17-year-old Isabelle experiences her first sexual encounter – 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. Over the course of four seasons and with four songs, Ozon creates a teenage version of Buñuel’s Belle de jour (1967).
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.
About the director
François Ozon (b. 1967, Paris) studied film science at the Sorbonne in Paris and directing at FEMIS film school, then began making short films. His feature-length debut Sitcom (1998) earned him immediate attention, and his subsequent feature films were a success at numerous film festivals, including Karlovy Vary. Audiences appreciate his distinctive style and his ability to bring out the best in his actors. Selected filmography: Criminal Lovers (Les amants criminels, 1998), Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes, 1999), Under the Sand (Sous le sable, 2000), 8 Women (8 femmes, 2001), Swimming Pool (2002), 5x2 (2004), Time to Leave (Le temps qui reste, 2005), Angel (2006), Ricky (2009), The Refuge (Le refuge, 2009), Trophy Wife (Potiche, 2010), In the House (Dans la maison, 2012 – Golden Shell at the San Sebastián IFF).
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Pascal Marti|
|Producer:||Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer|
|Cast:||Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen|
|Contact:||Wild Bunch, Hollywood Classic Entertainment|
|Distributor:||Hollywood Classic Entertainment|
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