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Youth Without Youth (2007)

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A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in pre-World War II Europe, a timid professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.

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Veronica / Laura
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André Hennicke ...
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Prof. Giuseppe Tucci
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Pandit
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Woman in Room 6
Florin Piersic Jr. ...
Dr. Gavrila
Zoltan Butuc ...
Dr. Chirila
Adriana Titieni ...
Anetta
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Davidoglu
Dan Astileanu ...
Professor (as Dan Astilean)
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Grenzschutz
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Theodor Danetti ...
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Storyline

1938, Romania: at 70, a professor of language and philosophy, Dominic Matei, contemplates suicide: the love of his life is dead, and he remains unable to complete his life's work on the origins of language. Then, he's struck by lightning. After a slow recovery, he grows younger. He must now avoid Nazis, who want to study and experiment on him. Some years later, he meets a young woman who has her own passage through a lightning storm. Not only does Dominic find love again, but her new abilities hold the key to his research. Is the sweetness of life finally at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (Italy)  »

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L'homme sans âge  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$28,550 (USA) (14 December 2007)

Gross:

$239,495 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Trivia

Co-editor Walter Murch started working immediately after completing his previous movie, Jarhead (2005). He had to spend 6 weeks watching all the 170 hours of footage shot and watching the first assembly put up by Corina Stavila. See more »

Goofs

During the 1950s period of the movie, Laura is transported across India in an Indian C-130 Hercules but the aeroplane has RAF markings. Also, Laura and Dominic hail a taxi whilst in India and are picked up by a London black cab rather than an Indian Ambassador cab. See more »

Quotes

Dominic: In metaphysical controversies, empirical proofs lose their value, but wouldn't you enjoy receiving a few fresh roses picked from the garden?
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Referenced in Coda: Thirty Years Later (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Yo Sin Ti (Me without You
Composers: Osvaldo Golijov, Arturo Castro
Artists: Bucharest Metropolitan Orchestra, Radu Popa
Kalman Balogh, Cimbalom
Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh
Michael Ward-Bergemann, Accordion
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A heavy and complex movie with deep philosophical implications
3 April 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I was flabbergasted to see that a lot of the comments for this film were negative. The fact that the movie is not of a commercial nature doesn't make it bad, it just makes it less accessible. In this manner, it is just as bad for movies as a science paper is for publications.

Anyway, the film is based on a book of Romanian Mircea Eliade, one that I didn't read. Actually, I didn't read most of Eliade's work for the very reasons people bad mouthed this film. Then I entered adolescence :-P.

The film, though, is a resounding success to me. Not only that it is well done, but at the end of it, it let me wanting to understand more and to read the book. Maybe I will one of these days. As the film is impossible to summarize here, I will get to a quick conclusion.

Bottom line: a heavy feeling film, with a complex script and a lot of philosophical ideas of Eliade's scattered through the story; also some of his personal obsessions: orientalism and the loss of the love of his life. I personally think it was a great movie, but it became a bit confused at the end.


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