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Writers:
Mircea Eliade (novel)
Francis Ford Coppola (written by)
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Release Date:
26 October 2007 (Italy) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
certainly won't be one to show to all (some, frankly, will hate it). but it's challenging in ways filmmakers usually shy away from See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tim Roth ... Dominic

Alexandra Maria Lara ... Veronica / Laura

Bruno Ganz ... Professor Stanciulescu
André Hennicke ... Josef Rudolf

Marcel Iures ... Prof. Giuseppe Tucci
Adrian Pintea ... Pandit

Alexandra Pirici ... Woman in Room 6
Florin Piersic Jr. ... Dr. Gavrila
Zoltan Butuc ... Dr. Chirila
Adriana Titieni ... Anetta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mircea Albulescu ... Davidoglu
Dan Astileanu ... Professor (as Dan Astilean)

Cristian Balint ... Grenzschutz

Dragos Bucur ... Bartender
Theodor Danetti ... Dr. Neculache
Andrei Gheorghe ... Taxi Driver

Roxana Guttman ... Gertrude
Dorina Lazar ... Cook

Rodica Lazar ... Teller

Anamaria Marinca ... Hotel Receptionist
Hodorog Anton Mihail ... Doru, The Guard
Mihai Niculescu ... Vaian
Gelu Nitu ... Policeman
Mirela Oprisor ... Craita
Alexandru Repan ... Dr. Chavannes
Dan Sandulescu ... Nicodim

Andi Vasluianu ... Intern

Matt Damon ... Life Magazine Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
 
Writing credits
Mircea Eliade (novella)

Francis Ford Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Anahid Nazarian .... executive producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
Dave Rosenbaum .... production executive
Masa Tsuyuki .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Osvaldo Golijov 
 
Cinematography by
Mihai Malaimare Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
 
Casting by
Florin Kevorkian 
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
 
Production Design by
Calin Papura 
 
Art Direction by
Ruxandra Ionica 
Mircea Onisoru 
 
Set Decoration by
Adi Popa 
Adrian Popa 
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Papura 
 
Makeup Department
Barrie Gower .... prosthetic makeup sculptor
Peter King .... hair designer (as Peter Swords King)
Peter King .... makeup designer (as Peter Swords King)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Dana Roseanu .... makeup artist
Domnica Sava .... hair stylist
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Diona Dragnea .... production manager (as Doina Dragnea)
Adriana Rotaru .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vladimir Anton .... second assistant director
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
Oana Ene .... second assistant director
Craita Nanu .... second assistant director
Anatol Reghintovschi .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gabriel Bucur .... set dresser: Romania
Adi Iancu .... stand-by props: Romania
Iasar Memedali .... property buyer: Romania
Adi Popa .... property master: Romania
Dora Somova .... stand-by props: Bulgaria
 
Sound Department
Mihai Bogos .... sound recordist
Viorel Dobre .... adr recordist
Alex Dragomir .... dialogue editor
Kim Foscato .... sound effects editor
Ivan Fritz .... machine room operator
Pete Horner .... sound designer
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Knox .... sound re-recording consultant
Zach Martin .... sound mix technician
Matei Mircea .... boom operator
Walter Murch .... sound re-recording mixer
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Victor Panfilov .... sound effects editor
Horea Alexandru Pascu .... assistant sound
Gene Radzik .... sound consultant
Vadim Staver .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Liviu Gherghe .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Bailey .... additional visual effects (as Kevin N. Bailey)
Stepán Batousek .... digital compositor
Patrik Bergman .... digital effects artist
Ales Dlabac .... CG artist
Roland Friedrich .... flame artist
Miro Gal .... Flame artist
Lukas Herrmann .... digital matte paint artist
Jan Heusler .... digital compositor
Tomas Kalhous .... digital compositor: UPP
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer
Michal Krecek .... digital compositor
Vincent Lavares .... data manager: Laser Pacific
Jirí Linhart .... digital effects artist
Robert Loudil .... visual effects artist
Petr Masek .... digital compositor
Peter Nemec .... Flame artist
Peter Nemec .... digital effects artist
Peter Nemec .... senior flame artist
Vaclav Ondrousek .... digital compositor
Robert Pik .... inferno artist
Jiri Stamfest .... matte artist
Petr Vcelicka .... digital compositor
Jan Vseticek .... visual effects coordinator
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
Kim Wiseman .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Octavian Golgot .... stunt coordinator
Attila Nemes .... stunt coordinator
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator (as Razvan Puiu)
Daniel Visan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cos Aelenei .... still photographer
Marius Bercu .... gaffer
Alex Cosma .... electrician
Marian Duca .... key grip
Ilie Georgica .... assistant camera
Stefan Stefanovschi .... electrician
Bogdan Talpeanu .... second assistant camera
Paul Ticu .... electrician
Cristian Toader .... best boy
 
Casting Department
Liliana Toma .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume supervisor
Adina Bucur .... wardrobe supervisor
Mariana Pall .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Bailey .... assistant editor (as Kevin N. Bailey)
Sean Cullen .... associate editor
Andrei Dascalescu .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist
Corina Stavila .... associate editor
Adelina Bichis .... assistant editor (uncredited)
James T. Mockoski .... post production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeremy Flower .... music constructions
Petru Margineanu .... music recording supervisor
Michael Pärt .... music editor
Mihai Suteu .... music recording engineer
Attila Tõzsér .... music editor
Lev Zhurbin .... additional orchestrator
Lev Zhurbin .... music preparation
 
Transportation Department
Vasile Anghel .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Adrian Codoi .... location manager
Jennifer Furches .... script supervisor: second unit
Alexandru Iures .... assistant: Francis Ford Coppola
Brendan Kenney .... assistant to director
Oana Marian .... assistant: Tim Roth
James T. Mockoski .... archivist
Marian Moldoveanu .... location manager
Elena Neacsu .... assistant extras coordinator
Ioana Ofileanu .... office production assistant
Iulian Pana .... location manager
Magda Pintilie .... production accountant
Liviu Popescu .... production assistant
Adriana Racasan .... assistant: Alexandra Maria Lara
Dave Rosenbaum .... studio executive (as David Rosenbaum)
Razvan Secara .... extras coordinator
Ioana Stoica .... location scout manager
Vasilescu Valentin .... horse master
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conform (uncredited)
Ben Bedo Manoukian .... production liaison (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anne-Marie Cowsill .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image
Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Francis Ford Coppola's first (credited) directorial effort in ten years.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Yo Sin Ti (Me without YouSee more »

FAQ

Is there any romanian in it?
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53 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
certainly won't be one to show to all (some, frankly, will hate it). but it's challenging in ways filmmakers usually shy away from, 12 January 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It was bound to happen that Youth Without Youth, the first film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola in fifteen years (the first directed in ten), would be lauded by the critics for not being a real "comeback" kind of project. It's surreal, philosophical, mystical, and even has a mood about it that calls as a throwback to old romantic melodramas of the 40s and 50s (hence the opening titles). It's not even any kind of great film. It's pretentious in a few stretches, maybe more-so, and it takes a convoluted explanation that comes second in 2007 film only to Southland Tales for being more complex and bizarre. But unlike Kelly's film, Coppola at least has a hold on what he's doing, or what he's trying to accomplish. Coppola once said that art is all about taking riks, and to make films without risk is like sex without children.

In the grand scheme of things, at least with his career, Youth Without Youth seems to be slightly minor a risk when compared to the likes of Apocalypse Now or One From the Heart. But it's a risk that Coppola takes all the same, and through the intellectual thicket (which, contrary to some critics, isn't completely dense) there is some truly potent cinematic expression. So, the plot, the plot... A linguistics professor, Dominic (Tim Roth) is an old man when he gets struck by lightning in 1938, then proceeds to age back to 40 in recovery, only to then find that he's being watched- and planned for abduction- by Nazi scientists who want to use his newfound super-powers (mostly that he can, at times, harness powerful energy, as Dominic describes as "out of a science fiction novel"). This might be enough for a movie alone, but there's more- years later, a woman from Dominic's past (from before the lightning strike) appears again, also still apparently young, and she can talk in ancient languages, so then...

Yeah, I could go on with that. Suffice to say there's also talk about how this whole time-warp connects into the realm of consciousness itself, or what makes up knowledge or the pursuit of language, and all relating to time, leading up to an ending that flips around itself, all inspired by an old Chinese tale that goes around and around. What it means I still can't quite figure, and it at least shows Coppola won't spoon-feed any kind of easy ending (even the whole "it's only a dream" concept has some holes to fill, leaving ambiguity as something a little more logical). Frankly, I've never read any of the Mircea Eliade's writings, but there's a lot to it that strikes up references to other works. I couldn't help but think the plot, and its themes, were as though Philip K. Dick was forced to make a melodrama- on his own terms- from an unpublished book. Or that there was a connection to the Fountain, or even Dr. Who or something else. The comparisons are endless.

But what remains, at the end of trying to figure out what the hell Youth Without Youth will say as its ultimate message, is an original work, sincerely with the verve of a filmmaker who just says 'f*** it' and makes the movie he wants to make on his own terms (with, subsequently, his own money). If there is any risk to the project it's that Coppola gambles on narrative cohesion with elements like two Dominics following the lightning strike (one of which, of course, prods the other to complete his life's work as a "failure"), or the power of emotion with two people in love vs. the tremendous, daunting task of unlocking secrets of language and consciousness and what time even means. Couple this with technique that veers into the abstract, with upside down camera angles and upfront anti-Nazi imagery ala Indiana Jones, and a music that strikes up the most melancholy and precise of aforementioned melodrama, and it becomes the weirdest hybrid Coppola's ever made.

And yet, and yet, if Youth Without Youth is one thing above all else, it's, well... interesting. I never felt like getting up and even leaving to go to the bathroom much less leaving the film for good. I cared about Dominic and Veronica as I did the direction Coppola took the story (even if pretensions, particularly in the second half, seemed to loop into the equation). And Roth is, not to forget to mention, terrific in the role, seeming to understand where his character may (or may not) be headed as he continues with his research and finds that he is sort of doomed in time unless he goes down a certain path. He even gets to dig into a certain subdued humor underneath the skin of the picture, where a few times there's some laughs to be had at the expense of what's going on with Dominic, as though some old philosopher discovered a comic book and incorporated it into his character. It's a very strange movie experience, and not one I can easily recommend. But I do all the same, and Coppola fans will either like it or, as case is turning out, they wont.

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