Jeune Et Jolie


Quite a coming-of-age story...

In François Ozon’s stylist but opaque drama of sexual power plays, wealthy Parisian teenager Isabelle (an exquisite but dull and inscrutable Marine Vacth) prostitutes herself secretly, like an adolescent Belle de Jour.

Long on disquieting sex bouts and family hypocrisies but short on insights – even when tragedy turns her into an unhappy hooker – the film’s initial lack of moral judgement turns into a blanket refusal to analyse Isabelle’s plight.

Ozon (whose In The House was a deft, hilarious delight) is aiming to create something elegant and enigmatic, but the final effect is curiously heartless – like its heroine.

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