Charlotte Rampling
'Young & Beautiful' yet lacking in grace
'Young & Beautiful' yet lacking in grace

French writer-director François Ozon's moody, hypnotic drama "Young & Beautiful" is perhaps best described as a kind of teenage "Belle de Jour." In following the enigmatic path of a gorgeous 17-year-old student who becomes a high-end prostitute, Ozon keeps things simmering without quite boiling over, even when convention might demand it. It's a mostly effective approach that may leave some viewers a bit cold, but others entranced by the film's casual beauty and erotic pull. Soon after she loses her virginity to a young German tourist, the impassive, quietly provocative Isabelle (Marine Vacth) starts meeting much older men, via the Internet, for paid assignations in their Paris hotel rooms....