© The Financial Times Ltd 2014 FT and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Ltd.
March 21, 2014 5:47 pm
François Ozon, 2013
François Ozon’s Cannes competition entry is a story less of sexual awakening than sexual somnambulance. After her first joyless carnal encounter, inscrutable teenage beauty Isabelle coolly embarks on a life of prostitution.
But why? She has means (a loving, arty bourgeois family) and opportunity (youth, brains, beauty) so what could be her motive? Revenge on her remarried mother? The void left by her absent father? Ozon, like his protagonist, is cool, uncritical and gives little away, avoiding sexploitation by emphasising the enigmatic over the erotic.
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2014. You may share using our article tools.
Please don't cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.