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|Originaltitel:||Jeune et Jolie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Actually, it's only curiosity that makes Isabelle (Marine Vacth) lose her virginity to her holiday flirt shortly before her 17th birthday. The sex is completely disappointing for the girl and does not arouse any emotions in her. But it arouses a strong attraction in her, which she begins to live out in a dangerous way with the beginning of the new school year. Because from now on Isabelle lets herself be paid by men for her services of love. While her mother (Géraldine Pailhas) and her stepfather (Frederic Pierrot) don't know anything about the double life of the student, Isabelle is more and more enjoying her secret and very lucrative sex meetings. When she uncovers a tragic incident, the hitherto intact image of her family threatens to finally collapse…
The fact that young women prostitute themselves in order to finance their expensive studies has already been discussed by several filmmakers, sometimes more, sometimes less intensively. At first glance, Francois Ozon also seems to dedicate himself to this social problem with "Jung & Schön". But it quickly turns out that this is not the case. Isabelle gets the idea of prostituting herself through a report about young female students who sell their bodies. But their motives are completely different. She comes from a well-situated environment, from a quite well-functioning family. But she is at a turning point between her youth and growing up and is looking for ways to find her way in the new world of adolescence. What for some is experimenting with drugs or drifting into eating disorders is for Isabelle the attraction of secret sex with older men, for which she also lucratively remunerates them.
Especially when Isabelle talks about what she felt during sex and why she met men again and again, it becomes clear that the extremely versatile filmmaker has once again managed to stage an extremely well observed, profound psychogram, in which the strength once again lies in the silence. After he had dealt with adolescent boys in his last work, the outstanding "In Her House", he now wanted to concentrate on girls and their difficult path into adolescence. And he did it very well.
The film tells the events of a whole year and is divided into the four seasons. The individual chapters are linked by thematically selected chansons by Francoise Hardy, in which it is worth paying close attention to the text. Here it becomes clear how much care Ozon puts not only into the writing of the dialogues and the casting of his actors, but also into the selection of the music. His films are always a perfectly choreographed interplay of many individual elements, which, however, only really stands out on closer inspection due to the completely unagitated staging.
One is of course tempted to accuse Ozon of occupying Model Marine Vacth only because she cuts a very good figure in the textile-free scenes and thus gives a very sensual main character that more than does justice to the title "Jung & Schön". But already in the scene in which Isabelle sleeps with her German holiday acquaintance and actually only feels emptiness, but at the same time says goodbye to her childlike self, it becomes clear that Vacth also has a great acting talent, which she can fully play out in the last third of the film.
So "Jung & Schön" is not only another proof for the versatility of Francois Ozon, but also a stirring drama about growing up, the detachment from parental care and the not always wise chosen steps into an own life. For lovers of the demanding French Arthaus cinema and the quieter films of Francois Ozon absolutely worth seeing!
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