And the winners are… (Et les gagnants sont…)
There are three things the French do well:
1. make delicious pastries
2. hate on the British
3. and films. Mon Dieu, the films.
The latest on our radar isÂ Young & BeautifulÂ (Jeune et Jolie), which wasÂ nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival last year. Fresh from the magical mind cave of directorÂ FranĂ§ois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 5×2, 8 Women) this film is the story ofÂ Isabelle (Marine Vacth), a 17-year-old who loses her virginity on a summer holiday with her family. (Been there, done that, sister! Wait, no we haven’t were still virgins). Strangely unemotional and hard to read – which is the total fascination of this film – over the next four seasons Isabelle begins working as a call girl, and what follows is a very refreshing coming of age story that ties nothing into a bow. There are no concrete answers, no judgements (except your own), just a very gripping and immersive film that you’ll need a good hour or two afterwards to figure out what it means to you.
Model-turned-actress MarineÂ Vacth is absolutely stunning as Isabelle, a true beauty but with so much going on beneath the surface that you realise she’s not just some darling doll, she is the hook, line and sinker of what we’re calling a psychological mystery – why does Isabelle do what she does, what motivates her, what does she feel? Play shrink and decide for yourself, because Ozon isn’t going to serve you the answers on a platter. Insert attitude-y finger snap. There’s also a killer blast of M83 towards the end that is supremely catching and memorable, and a beautiful performance by the ever-amazing Charlotte Rampling.
Young & Beautiful gets a score of four baby sloths out of five!
Thanks to the fine folk over at Entertainment One, we have 20 double passes to see Young & Beautiful. To winÂ simply tell us in 25 words or less, ‘What would a film about your life at age 17 be called?’Â
Young & Beautiful is in cinemas 1 May, 2014.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Competition is open to Australian residents only. Starts 24 April, 2014 and ends 30 April 2014 at 3pm. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer this question in 25 words or less: âWhat would a film about your life at age 17 be called?â The most creative answers will win. 20 winners will each receive a double pass to Young & Beautiful valued at $38 each. Total prize pool value $760. Entries will be judged on 30 April 2014 at nextmedia Level 6, 207 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065. The judgesâ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. All email addresses collected in the entry form will be added to the Yen Newsletter database. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time. Winners will be announced in the âWinnersâ section of the Yen website and prizes will be sent to the postal address provided on the entry form or contacted via email about collection.