Hardly ever I have a post that focuses on presenting new clips from movies that get released because I believe there are sites completely dedicated to these sorts of assets (IMDb) and if someone is interested, they will look for them there. However, even I can’t resist the urge to share The Hobbit’s new clips (even though you will be able to see the film in less than two weeks). I know what you’re thinking about the Hobbit because after wonderful reviews, came the storm of disappointed looks with which I sometimes agreed. The Hobbit is a short book that is unnecessarily stretched into three (dreadfully long) movies made up to the point of inhuman perfection. Everything looks fake and the story is in no way as important and symbolic as the Lord of the Rings. And yet! The Hobbit: Blablabla-very-long-title-that-is-translated-into-rubbish did indeed kept some magic of the trilogy and yes, it does seem that Peter Jackson sold his soul to big money and glamorous life of his thinner version, but there is heart in the Hobbit that blockbusters usually don’t have. I did enjoy it and I can’t wait to its second installment. Here are the four new clips that make this adventure even more thrilling:
Juene et Jolie is a perfect example of a film that presents human nature and behaviour at its most haunting. A close examination of the delicate topic of teenage prostitution, Francois Ozon’s film centres on French teenager, Isabelle (Marine Vacth) who begins experimenting with prostitution as a profession. We watch in quiet disgust as she attempts to lead a double life of visiting clients consisting of vastly senior men, to spending time with her unsuspecting, loving family. Jeune et Jolie is certainly successful in achieving the ideal balance of repulsion and tenderness, whilst also applying these factors to scenes you might not have originally thought possible. I found myself liking the character of Georges (Johan Leysen), an older client of Isabelle’s that, once the initial creepiness had passed, was presented to us in a way that actually felt comfortable and not at all as intimidating as might be expected. It was actually Isabelle herself that often repulsed me, stunningly beautiful, but with an air of menace and absolutely zero innocence, she felt villainous. And I must praise Marine Vacth’s performance because of this; she was absolutely fascinating as this character and maintained a sense of power throughout.
As previously mentioned, this is a quiet film that often leaves the audience in the unknown as to what the characters are thinking and the reason behind their actions, Vacth played on this beautifully. However this did cause both a good and bad reaction within me. Yes it was intriguing and Vacth’s performance is the main highlight of this film. But I was left feeling quite unsatisfied and wanting to know more, I sometimes enjoy being kept on the side lines to let characters do their thing, but only to an extent. A little more information and resolution wouldn’t have gone a miss. This was actually further exemplified in the abrupt, rather off-putting ending to the film. I do feel that this was perhaps Ozon’s main intention though, allowing his protagonists to behave in a manner that does not need to be justified, so it is more than likely to be a personal issue that only effects my own enjoyment of the film. Ozon has certainly done very well in his observation of human character, depicting scenes of teenage behaviour, specifically at parties and at home, which were pretty spot on, I would definitely give him that. I do greatly admire how this film is both delicate and harsh, which perfectly represents Isabelle’s complex double life. With Ozon making sure that he provided a lifetime’s worth of tension and an even larger dose of paranoia to the atmosphere, both within and surrounding this film, it definitely left me feeling slightly uneasy.
This isn’t a film you would watch for fun, or with your mother but it is certainly significant both to study and to marvel at the careful observation on human nature as captured by Ozon. And of course to be included on the launch of Marine Vacth’s career, she is one to look out for in future projects. I will certainly be interested to see what she does next after this elegant and erotically charged piece of cinema.