Model-actress Marine Vacth a Cannes rising star
Actors Geraldine Pailhas, left, and Marine Vacth pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Young & Beautiful at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
CANNES, France (AP) — Cannes has been the birthplace of many a star, and the latest candidate to shine is Marine Vacth, who plays a teenager confronting the complexities of adolescent sexuality in Francois Ozon's "Jeune et Jolie" ("Young and Beautiful.")
The 23-year-old French model fully lives up to the film's title as Isabelle, a 17-year-old the film follows across four seasons — from a fleeting summer fling to work as an emotionally detached Parisian prostitute.
It's an enigmatic character study, with frequent nudity and plenty of sex. Ozon — who is known for his rapport with actresses including Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier — said he knew Vacth was right for the challenging role despite her lack of acting experience.
Director Francois Ozon, second right, poses with actors, from right, Geraldine Pailhas, Marine Vacth and Fantin Ravat during a photo call for the film Young & Beautiful at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
"In her eyes I could see there was a whole inner world, a mystery, and that is exactly what I was looking for in my film," he told reporters Thursday.
"Marine didn't have much experience ... but she also was a model and that helped her for the nude scenes. She was quite free. Often actresses are ill at ease in those scenes."
Vacth, who has modeled for Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe and Ralph Lauren, said she enjoyed the experience of making the film, but is loath to call herself an actress.
"I didn't feel there was any major transition moving from model to actress," she said. "It was more complex than that.
"I have never really viewed myself as a model. I have a problem with being given a kind of status. I have no idea what 'actress' even means, even though I enjoy acting a great deal."