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Stunning looks and an air of mystery helped win 'striking new talent' and former model Marine Vacth the role of a teenage prostitute in François Ozon's new film, Young & Beautiful

The English title of the film that launches Marine Vacth as a screen star is Young & Beautiful, which is undeniably an accurate description of the Paris-born model turned actor. But the original French Jeune & jolie, a knowing nod to a now-defunct young women's magazine, simply means "young and pretty". So writer-director François Ozon could have chosen someone merely good looking to play Isabelle, a teenager who baffles her parents by turning to upmarket prostitution; that would have given the character a naturalistic, everyday familiarity.

But there's nothing girl-next-door about Vacth. She's beautiful in a way that is almost hyper-real in its delicate perfection – smoothly symmetrical features, deep grey eyes, bee-stung lips. Together with long blonde tresses, these looks have »

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