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Young & Beautiful (2013)

Jeune & jolie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 April 2014 (USA)
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After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Isabelle
... Sylvie
... Patrick
... Victor
... Georges Ferriere
... Alice
... Véro
Djédjé Apali ... Peter (as Djedje Apali)
... Felix
Laurent Delbecque ... Alex
Jeanne Ruff ... Claire
Carole Franck ... La policière
Olivier Desautel ... Le policier
Serge Hefez ... Le psychiatre
Akéla Sari ... Mouna
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French teenager Isabelle is spending her summer holiday with her middle-class family in the south of France and decides to lose her virginity with German teenager Felix. Then she returns to Paris with her mother Sylvie, her stepfather Patrick and her younger brother Victor. Then Isabelle works as a call girl using the nickname Lea, meeting old men. She feels affection for her client Georges that is married with a daughter. When Georges dies from a heart attack while having sex with Isabelle in a hotel, she flees but the police investigate and identify her. The detectives in charge of the investigation disclose to Sylvie, who is devastated. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,600, 27 April 2014, Limited Release

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$48,022, 30 May 2014
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The poem recited in class is "On n'est pas sérieux quand on a 17 ans" by Arthur Rimbaud. Another poem used is "Une fois seulement", by Anne Hébert. See more »

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L'homme de la Mercedes: What's your name?
Isabelle: Isabelle.
L'homme de la Mercedes: Isabelle... What a lovely name. And you're 17. Have you ever done this before?
Isabelle: Yes, what do you want?
L'homme de la Mercedes: A blowjob but without condom.
Isabelle: Sure.
L'homme de la Mercedes: [after they have sex at the backseat of the car] Wow. You're pretty good at this for a 17 year old girl. Do you know what they say?
Isabelle: What?
L'homme de la Mercedes: Once a whore, always a whore!
[laughs]
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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Premiere rencontre
Written by Michel Berger
Performed by Françoise Hardy
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Good thoughts - disjointed movie
28 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really liked Ozon's last film (Dans la maison), but this one was a disappointment for me. It's hard not to see this story as a bunch of first world problems. But at its core, there are several good ideas and stories - and none of them gets the spotlight. The director goes from one subplot to the other, without really developing the characters, and seemingly has no idea what to do with this story. (And this makes the ending even worse.) But time to time, some settings or the actors' performance can tell us more than a thousand words.

Anyway, it's a thoughtful and basically a good movie, but it's too unfocused, unbalanced to go anywhere. If you haven't seen Dans la maison from Ozon, I'd recommend that one instead.


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