Director: François Ozon

95 minutes, France, 2013

While on her summer holiday with her family, beautiful Isabelle loses her virginity. An experience which leaves her cold. She wants something more and takes to prostitution, becoming addicted to both the money she makes and the attention she gets from men, whether they are charming or obnoxious.

Featuring a remarkable break-through performance from Marine Vacth in her first leading role, and referencing Rimbaud’s poem No one’s serious at seventeen, the latest feature from the increasingly prolific François Ozon (Potiche, In the House) is this sensitive, typically intelligent portrait of a year in the life of a young sexually inquisitive woman measured out in the four seasons. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

Official Competition, Cannes 2013

Director’s Note: Alluring and puzzling, Ozon depiction of adolesence is ‘an emotional time but also and above all as a hormonal one’. 

This film is showing as part of the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival (November 20th – December 1st, 2013), and will screen at the IFI from November 29th.

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