"The setting ofYouth, an ancient luxury sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, is almost reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film.
"The setting ofYouth, an ancient luxury sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, is almost reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film. And the personnel with whom Sorrentino populates it is just as illustrious: Michael Caine plays the famous retired classical music composer and conductor Fred Ballinger, Harvey Keitel his best friend Mick Boyle, a cultishly revered U.S. director who uses his vacation in the mountain hotel to prepare his last film with a handful of disciples. On walks, the two shrewd but exhausted old men talk about old loves and prostate problems and, in the course of a whimsically turbulent plot, penetrate further and further through the barriers of their vanities to their true feelings and former longings.Youthist a masterful, multifaceted, never moralizing or sentimental farce, which takes Michael Caine's sentence, uttered at the beginning with a British stiff upper lip, that feelings are sometimes overrated, to absurdity: They, not career, prestige and fame, are all we have left in old age. (...)Youth remains true to Sorrentino's favorite theme: the navel-gazing of famous personalities or bon vivants who question themselves, and thus the mechanisms of glamour and prestige."
Andreas Borcholte, Der Spiegel, 20.5.2015
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118 min. color. DCP. E/d/f Director: Paolo Sorrentino Screenplay: Paolo Sorrentino Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi Editing: Cristiano Travaglioli Music: David Lang Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano
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