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Film, "Young and Beautiful": The Budding Sexuality of France, for Sale

"Young and Beautiful": The Budding Sexuality of France, for Sale

Ah, the French! Shamelessly marketed as an "erotic tale of sexual awakening," François Ozon's Young and Beautiful tracks four seasons in the life of lithesome 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth, whose mastery of Scarlett Johansson's doe-eyed blankness probably won't hurt her…
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Film, "In the House": Hitchcock Gets Meta

"In the House": Hitchcock Gets Meta

Yes, the French still love Jerry Lewis, but they also still love Hitchcock -- irrepressibly, deconstructively. More an impassioned thriller-study than an actual thriller per se, this peppy little number from director François Ozon sometimes giddily approaches farce. In a…
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Film, Love in Reverse

Love in Reverse

For the first 30 minutes of 5x2, François Ozon's new film about a relationship that fails, the young French director seems well on his way to a magnum opus. In two fierce and lucid scenes (of the five in the…
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Film, Ozon Layered

Ozon Layered

French director François Ozon doesn't like to repeat himself. His last film, 8 Women, was a theatrical, rather campy piece of fluff starring la crème de la crème of contemporary Gallic actresses. Before that came Under the Sand, an unsettling…
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Film, Reel World

Boogie Nights

The world premiere of This Girl's Life, an "intimate portrait of an international porn star as she muses on life, love and loss," was the hot ticket at the just-wrapped CineVegas International Film Festival. No wonder, given that program description,…
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Film, The Unforgotten

The Unforgotten

In the movies, dead husbands and dearly departed boyfriends have an irksome habit of revisiting the women who once loved them -- usually at inconvenient moments. Consider Demi Moore in Ghost. Poor thing had to put up with the dramatically…
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