Generally speaking, a lot of adjectives can be used either before or after the noun, and here is the nuance: "after" adjectives' meaning is more literal, objective or based on neutral observation (un garçon vilain is a statement on his physical appearance = an ugly boy); whereas "before" adjectives take on more of a subjective, figurative or based on opinion meaning (un vilain garçon refers more to his temperament, personality = a naughty boy).
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