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A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

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Swing Band (as The Retrosettes Sister Band)
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Escort (as Gabriela Belisario)
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Queen's Emissary
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1st Queen's Emissary Assistant #1
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2nd Queen's Emissary Assistant #2
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Roly Serrano ...
Diego Maradona (South American)
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South American's Wife
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Miss Universe (as Madalina Ghenea)
Mark Kozelek ...
Himself
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Funny Screenwriter
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Bearded Screenwriter
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Shy Screenwriter
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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 all costs to hear him conduct again. Written by Anonymous Love Revolver

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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4 December 2015 (USA)  »

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La giovinezza  »

Box Office

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€12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$78,085 (USA) (4 December 2015)

Gross:

$2,698,509 (USA) (4 March 2016)
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Jane Fonda became interested in the role of Brenda after friend Al Pacino had told her that the part was "written for you." Another actress had been cast but dropped out, and so Fonda had her agent secure the role on her behalf. See more »

Goofs

When in the pool, "Maradona" says: I'm left-handed too. Later on, we can see him signing autographs using his right hand. This is not a mistake, although left-handed, he writes and signs with his right hand. See more »

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Jimmy Tree: I have to choose, I have to choose what is really worth telling: horror or desire? And I choose desire. You, each one of you, you open my eyes, you made me see that I should not wasting my time on the senseless fear...
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The film's title credit only appears after 14 minutes. See more »

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Just (After Song of Songs)
Composed by David Lang
Performed by Agnès Vesterman, Garth Knox, Sylvain Lemêtre and Trio Medieval
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another mystery of modern cinema
1 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Youth is one of those movies that makes you ponder about the missing piece of the puzzle that would make it a good film. The cast is perfectly chosen, their performance impeccable and cinematography wonderful. A lot of scenes are like still life paintings brought to screen, although humans are the part of the scenery.

Eventually, what was supposed to enhance the atmosphere turned to be the biggest weak spot. The "important" scenes dragged on forever and made me cherish the dialogue between the cast.

Youth is not a bad movie in itself. It simply shows what is considered to be a good art-house movie of today. Essentially it has a lot in common with blockbusters, boasts with stellar cast and impressive cinematography. It lacks the action and substitutes it with emotional tension between the protagonists. And the authors where pretentious as if they were paid by the minute of the final product.

It remains a mystery to me how this empty shell of a film became an instant classic on IMDb and would presumably become a cult movie in the time to come.


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