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Young & Beautiful (2013)

Jeune et 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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François Ozon

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François Ozon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marine Vacth ... Isabelle
Géraldine Pailhas ... Sylvie
Frédéric Pierrot ... Patrick
Fantin Ravat ... Victor
Johan Leysen ... Georges Ferriere
Charlotte Rampling ... Alice
Nathalie Richard ... Véro
Djédjé Apali ... Peter (as Djedje Apali)
Lucas Prisor ... Felix
Laurent Delbecque ... Alex
Jeanne Ruff Jeanne Ruff ... Claire
Carole Franck ... La policière
Olivier Desautel Olivier Desautel ... Le policier
Serge Hefez ... Le psychiatre
Akéla Sari 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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Drama | Romance

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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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True Romance (Gilgamesh remix)
Written by Matt Swinnerton (as M. Swinnerton), Mike Evans (as M. Evans), Lawrence Diamond (as L. Diamond) and Tom Burke (as T. Burke)
Performed by Citizens
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Once Prostitute, Forever Prostitute
20 March 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The French teenager Isabelle (Marine Vacth) is spending summer holiday with her middle-class family in the south of France and decides to lose her virginity with the German teenager Felix (Lucas Prisor). Then she returns to Paris with her mother Sylvie (Géraldine Pailhas), her stepfather Patrick (Frédéric Pierrot) and her younger brother Victor (Fantin Ravat).

Then Isabelle works as a call girl using the nickname Lea and meeting old men. She feels affection for her client Georges (Johan Leysen) 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 identifies her. The detectives in charge of the investigation disclose to Sylvie that is devastated. Isabelle quits prostitution, but once prostitute, forever prostitute.

"Jeune & Jolie" by François Ozon begins as a coming of age version of "Belle de Jour", where the lead character is attracted by money instead of by sexual fantasies. Even the poster recalls the one from Buñuel's masterpiece. Isabelle belongs to a middle-class family and does not have financial needs but despite of that, she is attracted by money. This is clear based on her reaction when her mother takes her money and when she explains to the police detective how she started to prostitute after receiving an offer from a stranger. Further, she is cold and seems to care only to her younger brother and Georges. When she loses her virginity with Felix, it seems to be part of her plan to explore her sexuality to make money. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Jovem e Bela" ("Young and Beautiful")


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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Le Pradet, Var, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,607, 27 April 2014

Gross USA:

$61,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,757,417
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1.85 : 1
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