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Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) 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 gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. But throughout her sexual escapades 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 coming of a new talent as guided by the masterful hand of one of cinema s most assured artists.

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  • Actors: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KD64NRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Great Movie about a teen girl finding herself!
MARK L. KULP
Despite her abilities to make a lot of money quickly, Isabelle does not seem very happy with her life; the sexual act has little or no allure for her.
Dr. Laurence Raw
Perhaps that translates into “you get to see a lot of her young body” but otherwise, these aren’t the words that come to my mind.
Karl E. Weaver

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2014
Format: DVD
I’ve written about my fascination with French films before. It isn’t as if I believe they have any particular ‘hold’ on any particular genre that other nations can’t touch; but their filmmakers do seem to have a particular grasp on films exploring sexual awakening, and those films do look and feel unlike other features they release around the world. Despite my honest attempts at research into the subject matter or even my noble efforts to sound off on what makes them different, the whole topic still escapes me in ways many other nations’ flicks don’t. Basically (to me), it boils down to the fact that the French try to explore sexual themes (especially awakening) in a way that pairs bold honesty with an almost devil-may-care routineness until whatever lesson meant to be learned rises to the surface … or uncompromisingly destroys everyone in the process.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

From the product packaging: “After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Marine Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. But throughout her sexual escapades 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?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on May 21, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Described by one reviewer as a coming-of-age film, JEUNE ET JOLIE could be seen as quite the reverse. Indeed, we might almost consider the title an irony, as the film focuses on the experience of sixteen-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), who loses her virginity to a German boy named Felix (Lucas Prisor) while on holiday, and subsequently embarks on a career as a call-girl on her return to Paris, with a particular penchant for older men. Neither of her well-to-do parents know about her secret double life, even though her behavior becomes rather erratic. Despite her abilities to make a lot of money quickly, Isabelle does not seem very happy with her life; the sexual act has little or no allure for her. It is only when she is inadvertently responsible for the death of elderly business person Georges (Johan Leysen), that she begins to exhibit any real human feeling. Although vowing to give up her call-girl existence, once her parents have found out, it seems unlikely that Isabelle will honor her promise - until she meets Georges' widow Alice (Charlotte Rampling), and learns something of the truth about his life. Director Francois Ozon makes no judgment on Isabelle's behavior, but shows the fundamentally sterile nature of the teenager's world, whether in school or in a series of increasingly anonymous hotel rooms. It seems as if she has little or nothing to look forward to, despite her parents' ambitions for her. Maybe she just has to follow Alice's example and accept her fate.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ramm on September 16, 2014
Format: DVD
As this film "Young & Beautiful' began to tell its' story of the sexual (mis)adventures of a lovely young (17 year old) French maiden "Isabelle" it (initially) reminded me of another recent French film that explored the world of young women and prostitution: "Student Services"(see my review of same for more on that film). In both movies the, rather disaffected, heroine of the tale dabbles in the 'play 4 pay' lifestyle to earn a little spending cash and both are seemingly emotionally quite distant from the intimate acts they are performing and the people that they are performing them with. But, whereas the plot of "Student Services' never went much beyond the rather mono-dimensional self loathing evinced by its' lead female "Young & Beautiful" takes some interesting twists and turns and presents a much more complex set of characters and circumstances and is ultimately, I feel, a more engaging and successful film because of that fact.

Perhaps this is partially due to the purported 'age' of the lead character - who determines to lose her 'cherry' on her 17th BD (and does!) then sets out to market herself on the internet as an 'escort' - all this while she is still quite young and living at home with her family. It is ultimately this interaction w/ the complexities of the various family members that gives the film its' soul and poignancy. The Director does a fine job of revealing the various story elements and personalities slowly and providing just enough information about them to make them real without becoming moralistic or overindulgent about any of the proceedings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 28, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful - a film that won't add up, well didn't for me. As time passes you believe you have the measure of it, but on further reflection the overall picture is somewhat inexplicable. A film concerned with female sexuality, chiefly in its nascent stages, and as such we the audience will be left puzzled. It centres on a Parisian teenager called Isabelle, played French actress Marine Vacth. She has a certain deportment – not unlike Catherine Deneuve’s in Belle de Jour – that suggests she alone knows the answers and isn't telling.

As the film opens we meet Isabelle is on holiday with her family - on the eve of her 17th birthday, and she has decided to celebrate it by losing her virginity to a young German called Felix. An event, which for her, seems less of significance than she originally expected. Then the film jumps in time and family have returned to Paris: Isabelle, we discover, has turned to prostitution, a decision that the audience are never given a reason for. As the film moves on we are then, rather like voyeurs, given glimpses of her hotel room dealings.

After one, of her elderly customer experiences fatal heart attack during a liaison – she comes to the attention of the police, and this then leads to her mother finding out about her work. The audience are then shown the cash that she receives from her ‘activities’ – as it simply piles up in her bedroom cupboard, it is obvious that money was not a motivator for her actions.

For me the film works because it withholds that tantalizing answer of why she embarked on the path she had chosen: even when we learn of the event that lured Isabelle to prostitution was – just ‘idly fascination’. We leave the film without a real solution.
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