Young & Beautiful
Drama | French with English subtitles | 93 minutes
On a summer holiday in the south of France with her family, 17-year-old Isabelle loses her virginity. It’s an unsatisfactory experience. After returning to Paris, Isabelle finds it more exciting and very lucrative to become a high-end prostitute. Her clients are generally older and the sex takes place in fashionable hotels. Tragically, while having sex, her 63-year-old client, Georges, has a heart attack and dies. Police investigate and inform Sylvie, Isabelle’s mother, her daughter is a prostitute and was present when Georges died. Sylvie is shocked. In a ballistic outburst, Sylvie pummels Isabelle. Later, Alice, Georges widow, asks to see Isabelle. They meet in a hotel lobby. The older, more sophisticated Alice tries to understand Isabelle and what drove her to have paid sex with her husband.
Why Stream This Film?
“A nuanced, emotionally temperate study of a precocious youth. Its elegant execution will win warm regard and the subject matter should lure audiences at art houses worldwide.” – Leslie Felperin, VARIETY
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 73%
- Metacritic Score: 63
- César Awards: Nominated, Best Supporting Actress (Géraldine Pailhas); Most Promising Actress (Marine Vacth)
- Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Palme d’Or
- Sarasota Film Festival: Nominated, Best Narrative Feature
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“Charlotte Rampling shows up in the enigmatic final scene, playing the widow of one of Isabelle’s clients. What the older and beautiful woman says only confirms the movie’s abiding sense of keen curiosity coupled with sincere respect. It’s a classy combination, indeed.”
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL follows the enigmatic path of a gorgeous 17-year-old student who becomes a high-end prostitute. It’s a mostly effective approach that may leave viewers entranced by the film’s casual beauty and erotic pull.
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