La grande bellezza
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Youth (La Giovinezza) review – dazed and confused

31 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bring the benefit of age and experience to a misfiring tragi-comedy

Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language feature This Must Be the Place (which preceded the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty/La Grande Bellezza) was an awkward affair that cast Sean Penn as a Robert Smith goth-a-like living in Ireland, embarking upon an American road trip in pursuit of a Nazi war criminal. Really. Youth is altogether more assured, although nonetheless strange – a hazy meditation on love and death interspersed with weirdly melancholic celebrity cameos. It plays out in a glamorous hotel-cum-health-spa at the foot of the Alps, where retired composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) refuses a royal invitation to conduct his popular score Simple Songs, while film-maker Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) assembles a group of young writers to compose his film “testament”, the ominously entitled Life’s Last Day.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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