Filmmaker François Ozon has specialized in stories of willful, capricious females before (Potiche
, Swimming Pool
, 8 Women
), but none quite so utterly enigmatic as that of Isabelle, a seventeen-year-old, middle-class, Parisian schoolgirl-turned-prostitute. Screenwriter-director Ozon steadfastly refuses to psychoanalyze his heroine, and so Isabelle -- played by actress Marine Vacth – becomes a blank slate on which we can project whatever we want. In dramatic terms, she is a sphinx, an id, a femme fatale who can even resort to hustling her stepfather when the going gets tough. Ozon’s screenplay is pretty tough in its own right. It compares favorably to two other teenage-female sex films made the same year: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac
series and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color
. Costarring Ozon regular Charlotte Rampling (95 min.).