Saturday, April 16, 2016

Young & Beautiful (2013)

Cannes Film Festival 2013

Palme d'Or
François Ozon

Sundance Selects
Directed by François Ozon
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Pretty teenager Marine Vacth loses her virginity on the beach to a German tourist. Back home in Paris, she uses her cell phone and the internet to become a self-employed high-priced prostitute. She meets wealthy men in upscale hotels for kinky and increasingly dangerous sex. One day one of her clients dies in bed and after a hasty escape the police arrive at her house. Exposed, her parents are shocked at her double life but other than sending her to a therapist and grounding her do little to change it. She eventually figures out a way around their restrictions, but her first customer is a surprise. Provides little in the way of insight into the self-destructive behavior of its main character, it plays like a kinky version of an Eric Rohmer film.

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