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★★★☆☆ When it comes to the Holocaust, remembering is a serious matter: a moral imperative in fact. However, as the years pass, living memory inevitably diminishes with the death of the survivors, witnesses and the perpetrators. That which must not be forgotten, never forgotten, eventually will be. Life becomes history. In Canadian director Atom Egoyan's Remember (2015) the imperative to remember is all the more urgent as the elderly protagonist, a 90-year-old Jew and survivor of the camps Zev Gottman (Christopher Plummer), also suffers from senile dementia. We first meet Zev in the up-scale nursing home where he lives comfortably as a resident.
Zev has recently lost his wife, Ruth, but her death spurs him on to complete a mission known only to him and his wheelchair-bound friend Max (Martin Landau, pictured right). To be more precise, it is only intermittently known to him as each morning he awakes, calling for his wife, »
- CineVue UK
Atom Egoyan’s ongoing search for his own best form makes no real breakthrough in “Remember,” a state-hopping Nazi-hunt mystery that puts a creditably sincere spin on material that is silly at best. At worst, tyro writer Benjamin August’s screenplay is a crass attempt to fashion a “Memento”-style puzzle narrative from post-Holocaust trauma. Toggling variables of disguised identity and dementia, as Christopher Plummer’s ailing German widower travels across North America in search of the camp commander he recalls from his time in Auschwitz, the pic is riddled with lapses in logic even before a stakes-shifting twist that many viewers might see coming. Crafted in utilitarian fashion by Egoyan, “Remember” does little to earn the poignancy of Plummer’s stricken performance — though that asset, plus a button-pushing premise, could attract reasonable interest from older arthouse auds.
It’s probably best not to wonder how much more artfully the »
- Guy Lodge
Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is poised to return to theatres with a new film.
Titled Youth, the film is Sorrentino’s first since 2013. As with his other films, Sorrentino takes on both directing and screenplay writing duties, working with a cast this time around that includes Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, and Paul Dano.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Michael Caine's upcoming slate includes Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter and the sequel to Now You See Me, but while he's keeping busy in elder-statesman roles, it looked as if 2009's Harry Brown was his final film as the lead. Happily that turned out not to be the case, since he couldn't resist Paolo Sorrentino's Youth. You can get a taste of the results in this just-released new trailer."I've retired about 30 times," Caine told Empire recently. "I always retire and then someone comes along with an offer you can't refuse. I wasn't going to play any more leading roles. I don't like it because you've got to get up early in the morning for eight weeks. But I just had to do Youth. It was wonderful." Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, The Great Beauty) wrote and directed the film, which involves Caine's retired orchestra »
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Youth, arriving in theaters December 4, which could give us an early look at a potential Academy Award contender. Rachel Weisz, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel lead an all-star cast in this drama, which will go up against the horror-comedy Krampus when it hits theaters at the end of this year. The story centers on Fred and Mick, two old friends on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps.
Fred (Michael Caine), a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick (Harvey Keitel), a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay »
The 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, which runs Sept. 2-12, reflects a new detente among some of the heavyweights on the fall festival calendar, but it also stands as testament to artistic director Alberto Barbera’s contention that the Lido sprocket opera “must not position itself against the market, nor pander to it.”
With Toronto less aggressive in pushing for world preems this year, Venice has secured some strong studio titles, including its opener, Universal’s “Everest,” and several other hot bows, such as Eddie Redmayne starrer “The Danish Girl,” directed by Tom Hooper; Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” with Idris Elba, above; and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton, who starred in Venice’s opener last year, “Birdman.” These three will segue from the Lido to having North American launches at the Toronto festival.
The rapprochement comes after Barbera and Toronto artistic »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome – With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.
Also likely to be Lido-bound are Charlie Kaufman’s stop motion animation “Anomalisa” and new works from international heavyweight auteurs Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, as well as younger directors like Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s hot crimer “The Clan,” which Fox will release in Latin America.
Word on what pics will surface at Venice is more muted than usual this year, with artistic director Alberto Barbera believed to be making down to the wire decisions and several potential contenders, including Sean Penn-directed Liberia-set romance “The Last Face,” thought instead not to be ready. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Courtney Love's looking for a fresh start! The rocker recently sat down with Harper's Bazaar, where she discusses the problems with plastic surgery and aging in Hollywood, making the move to the big screen and her fashion evolution. It sounds like Love has been taking good care of herself over the last few years -- she's been keeping fit with pilates and eating healthy on a regular basis. "There was a period when I got quite heavy, and I had to do a magazine shoot. They Photoshopped the pictures, but I got ahold of the un-Photoshopped versions and put them on my fridge," she tells the mag. "After that I went to great lengths to lose the weight." "I've really turned a corner in the past three or four years. It began when I decided to get back into acting, and to do that you need to look as »
- tooFab Staff
Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth Edwards' Monsters, takes a harrowing look at creature-centric combat and is now available on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS TWC. We've been provided with three copies to give away.
"Ten years after the events of Monsters, the Infected Zones have now spread worldwide, and an American platoon is thrust into battle with a new breed of aliens. These soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront their fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all."
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Monsters: Dark Continent.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Monsters: Dark Continent Contest.” Be sure »
- Derek Anderson
Italian filmmaker Paulo Sorrentino was overlooked at Cannes in 2013 for the Palme d’Or, but perhaps it didn't matter, as his sumptuous feature about excess and spiritual emptiness "The Great Beauty" won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe. And like many foreign directors who get a good boost of global attention from the Oscars or an attention-grabbing festival win, for his follow-up effort, Sorrentino nabbed a bunch of Hollywood stars and made his second English-language effort (the first was “This Must Be the Place” with Sean Penn). Scooped up quick by Fox Searchlight—which probably speaks to its commercial appeal—Sorrentino’s latest film, “Youth,” centers on old men, aging and the ideas of obsolescence. Here's our review followed by the official synopsis: Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival Fred and Mick, two old friends approaching their eighties, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.
People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Most films depicting old age tell their stories slowly and move in a darker and depressing direction. While this isn't always a bad thing, director Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth takes a more light-hearted approach to aging and it's a welcome departure. The Italian filmmaker recently won the Best Foreign Language Oscar for The Great Beauty and all the fun and whimsy of that previous endeavor is on full display here as well. Youth is also Sorrentino's second English-language film after the disastrous This Must Be the Place, a huge misfire that has paved the way for this return to form. Sorrentino's Youth takes place in an exclusive Swiss spa for the wealthy and pampered. We're introduced to many eccentric characters but at first glance are focused on two best friends. Fred (played by Michael Caine) is a world-renowned musician who has just »
- Marco Cerritos
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino knows his contemporary indie music, and even in a movie like “The Great Beauty,” filled with sonorous opera, vocal ensemble, and classical music, he still manages to sneak in some Esg, Damien Jurado, Decoder Ring, and Gui Boratto’s Kompact Records version of “Take My Breath Away.” The director also clearly has affection for classic post-punk influenced music. His 2011 film, “This Must Be the Place” (named after a Talking Heads song), featured Sean Penn in a role that appeared to be a thin disguise for The Cure’s Robert Smith, and its soundtrack featured artists like David Byrne, Will Oldham, Jonsi from Sigur Ros, Iggy Pop, and more. His latest film, “Youth,” which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (read our review here), has its own hip score. The film features Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano and centers on two aging friends, »
- Edward Davis
The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.
- Eric Lavallee
Read More: Cannes: Michael Caine Will Win Awards for Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino returned to the Cannes Film Festival yesterday to premiere "Youth," the follow-up to the biggest crossover hit of his career, "The Great Beauty," which premiered at the festival in 2013 and went on to win 2014's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. "Youth" marks Sorrentino's second English language feature following 2011's "This Must Be the Place," which also first screened at Cannes. The comedy stars Michael Caine as an elderly famed composer on an extended stay at a an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps, along with his filmmaker friend (Harvey Keitel). Indiewire's Eric Kohn called "Youth" Sorrentino's "most broadly appealing comedy-drama" in his review. We sat down with Sorrentino in Cannes to discuss his latest, the negative critical reception to "This Must Be the Place," and his »
- Nigel M Smith
Oh, Youth and Beauty!: Sorrentino’s Shows Softer Side in Switzerland
Following the success of the snide yet undeniably eloquent 2013 title The Great Beauty, which ended up snatching the Best Foreign Language statue at the Academy Awards, Paolo Sorrentino takes a second dip in English following 2011’s This Must Be the Place with Youth. Tender, sweet, and more emotional than his last film, Sorrentino is once again pontificating on the last chapter of life, this time through the vessels of a retired composer and aged film director, as portrayed by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Threaded with the auteur’s usual flashes of visual inspiration, this time around he seems less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.
At an isolated hotel in the foothills of the Alps, two old friends return to spend another vacation period. Retired composer Fred »
- Nicholas Bell
Youth is a voluptuary’s feast, a full-body immersion in the sensory pleasures of the cinema. A film about old artists by a much younger man, Paolo Sorrentino’s second English-language feature is an immeasurable improvement on his first, This Must Be the Place, standing much closer to the level of his 2013 triumph, The Great Beauty, as it takes on potentially heavy material in a disarmingly whimsical, intelligent and keen-witted manner. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, both at the top of their games, wonderfully carry this spirited look at two aging artist friends with distinctly different ideas about
- Todd McCarthy
In “The Great Beauty,” there’s a flashback in which a young Jep Gambardella recalls the promise of love — its loss, with the betrayal of youthful ideals, leads to Jep’s crushing self-contempt. It’s a tender moment in a film of deep cynicism, and now Paolo Sorrentino, with “Youth,” delivers his most tender film to date, an emotionally rich contemplation of life’s wisdom gained, lost and remembered — with cynicism harping from the sidelines, but as a wearied chord rather than a major motif. Set in a Swiss spa with two old friends — one a retired composer-conductor, the other an active helmer— “Youth” is less flashy than Sorrentino’s recent pics but no less beautiful. Shot in English, with leads Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bringing lifetimes of depth to their roles, the film, which Fox Searchlight is releasing Stateside, could become Sorrentino’s biggest box office hit yet. »
- Jay Weissberg
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