A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation 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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Paolo Sorrentino
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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Retrosettes The Retrosettes ... Swing Band (as The Retrosettes Sister Band)
Gabriella Belisario Gabriella Belisario ... Escort (as Gabriela Belisario)
Laura De Marchi Laura De Marchi ... Escort's Mother
Rachel Weisz ... Lena Ballinger
Paul Dano ... Jimmy Tree
Harvey Keitel ... Mick Boyle
Alex Macqueen ... Queen's Emissary
Michael Caine ... Fred Ballinger
Ian Attard ... 1st Queen's Emissary Assistant (as Ian Keir Attard)
Adam Jackson-Smith ... 2nd Queen's Emissary Assistant
Dorji Wangchuk Dorji Wangchuk ... Buddhist Monk
Roly Serrano ... South American
Loredana Cannata Loredana Cannata ... South American's Wife
Mãdãlina Ghenea ... Miss Universe (as Madalina Ghenea)
Mark Kozelek ... Mark Kozelek
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Storyline

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 movie 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 movie, 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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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

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The first movie to be picked up by Fox Searchlight at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

When the conductor comes on stage the violinists in the orchestra are using one hand to clap in their lap. The etiquette is slowly hitting the bow onto the partition support. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fred Ballinger: You can't smoke here.
Queen's Emissary: What, even outside?
Fred Ballinger: Not even inside.
Queen's Emissary: Uh, well Pardon me, Mr. Ballinger. Or may I call you Maestro?
[drops his cigarettes onto the table]
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The film's title credit only appears after 14 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rozstrel: Václav Marhoul (2017) See more »

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Dirty Hair
(David Byrne)
Performed by David Byrne
Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI)
Courtesy of David Byrne
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Nine reasons to go watch this film
10 October 2015 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

* The parade of weird characters in the Alpine luxury resort where the entire film is set - from an obese football player with a tattoo of Karl Marx on his back to a masseuse with braces who declares she likes touching more than talking, and imitates dancing cartoon characters in her spare time.

* The way Jane Fonda's character is introduced - initially filmed from the back, then showing her smile in the reflection of a mirror, and finally facing the camera, radiating maximum diva charisma.

* The abundance of funny dialogue. Here's just one example: - 'Im great in bed'. - 'I know' - 'How do you know?' - 'Because you're my daughter'.

* The lush cinematography, making the film a feast for the eyes.

* The fact that this film is funny, dramatic and melancholic at the same time, and also surprising, entertaining, beautiful, philosophical and versatile.

* Michael Caine, at 82, playing one of the best parts of his career.

* The completely over-the-top video clip by Paloma Faith, which is integrated in the film as a dream sequence.

* The end of the dramatic conversation between Jane Fonda and Harvey Keitel, with both faces filmed sideways in close-up, on both sides of the screen, and finally Fonda's hand on Keitel's cheek.

* The overall sense of watching an extraordinary film.


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Country:

Italy | France | UK | Switzerland

Language:

English | Spanish | Swiss German

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Youth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,085, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$2,703,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,459,358
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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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