Young & Beautiful

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Young & Beautiful
Jeune & jolie | François Ozon, 2013
France | French and German with English subtitles | Format: Digital projection | 95 minutes

New York Premiere! Director François Ozon and actress Géraldine Pailhas in person!

“No one’s serious at 17,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud. For Isabelle (Marine Vacth), the 17-year-old at the center of François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful, this sentiment may justify the choices she makes over the course of a pivotal year. Divided into four seasons, Isabelle’s foray into prostitution is motivated not by a need for money or control, but rather by an overwhelming desire for self-discovery. Ozon observes her journey without judgment, reflecting on the emotions and insecurities that saturate a young person’s entrance into adulthood. One year removed from In the House (Rendez-Vous ’13), Ozon again proves a master at coaxing strong performances from young actors; Marine Vacth, in her first leading role, is a revelation. Nominated for two 2014 César Awards: Géraldine Pailhas (Best Supporting Actress) and Marine Vacth (Most Promising Actress). A Sundance Selects release.

Series: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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