Archive of films Young & Beautiful / Jeune & jolie

France
2013, 95 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2013

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).


Synopsis

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).

Contacts

Wild Bunch
65 rue de Dunkerque, 75009, PARIS
France
Tel: +33 143 132 130
Fax: + 33 1 431 321 30
E-mail: mpvalle@wildbunch.eu
www: www.wildbunch.biz

Hollywood Classic Entertainment
Psohlavců 8, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 226 224 111
Fax: +420 226 224 110
E-mail: hce@hce.cz
www: www.hce.cz

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: François Ozon
Screenplay: François Ozon
Dir. of Photography: Pascal Marti
Music: Philippe Rombi
Editor: Laure Gardette
Producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Production: Mandarin Films
Cast: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen
Contact: Wild Bunch, Hollywood Classic Entertainment
Distributor: Hollywood Classic Entertainment

Guests

Lucie Mazůrková

Distributor

Alain de la Mata

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