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Youth (2015)

Director:
Paolo Sorrentino
AKA
La giovinezza
COUNTRY
Italy/France/Switzerland/UK
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Youth
RUNNING TIME
124 minutes
Producer:
Nicola Giuliano
Francesca Cima
Carlotta Calori
Screenwriter:
Paolo Sorrentino


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Fred Ballinger Michael Caine
Mick Boyle Harvey Keitel
Lena Ballinger Rachel Weisz
Jimmy Tree Paul Dano
Brenda Morel Jane Fonda
Diego Maradona Roly Serrano
Queen's emissary Alex Macqueen

 

Review

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda star in this introspective film from Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (La Grande Belleza). Mistitled, you say? Well, the film is more about perspective and reminiscence than youth, but Sorrentino's melancholic point is that it is our youth that define our subsequent perception of the world around us; we see everything through a filter made up of all our previous experiences. The friendship between Keitel, an ageing director, and Caine, a retired composer, is the narrative and thematic focal point of the film, but it's the wonderful use of music and the many artistic compositions that is Sorrentino's biggest achievement here. He may not have anything ground-breaking to say in the end, but he's able to create a rather wondrous backdrop for us to take a step back and look at life from a different angle. And there are a few laughs in here as well, most notably through a fantastic spoof on football icon Diego Maradona, played by Roly Serrano.

Copyright 29.03.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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