Ozon continues attempts at breaking through bourgeois taboo in “Jeune & jolie”.
For a while Ozon, the once-subversive author of Fassbinder-esque cinema, hasn’t produced anything but nice films dealing with nicely raunchy topics with sleek brio. His taste for taboo remains, however, as does his love of beautiful actresses (Vacth is gorgeous) and inquisitive eye for scandalous bourgeois fornication. The comparison with Buñuel’s Belle de Jour starts and ends here, with a rather overly aesthetic, insipid take on middle-class prostitution for no apparent purpose (in this case, of a teenage girl). If you don’t mind your sleaze served glossy and enjoy taboo dinner party talk, you’ll love this film.
Jeune & jolie (Jung und Schön) | Directed by François Ozon (France 2013) with Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas. Starts November 14
Originally published in issue #121, November 2013.