A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in World War II Europe, a professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.

Writers:

Mircea Eliade (novel), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Tim Roth ... Dominic Matei
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Veronica / Laura / Rupini
Bruno Ganz ... Prof. Roman Stanciulescu
André Hennicke ... Dr. Josef Rudolf
Marcel Iures ... Prof. Giuseppe Tucci
Alexandra Pirici ... Woman in Room 6
Adrian Pintea ... Pandit
Florin Piersic Jr. ... Dr. Gavrila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mircea Albulescu ... Davidoglu
Dan Astileanu Dan Astileanu ... Professor (as Dan Astilean)
Cristian Balint ... Grenzschutz
Dragos Bucur ... Bartender
Zoltan Butuc Zoltan Butuc ... Dr. Chirila
Theodor Danetti ... Dr. Neculache
Andrei Gheorghe ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Christmas Eve, 1937, Piatra Neamt, Romania: Dominic Matei, a 70-year-old professor, contemplates suicide. The love of his life is dead, and he remains unable to complete his life's work on the origins of language. On April 24th 1938, Easter Sunday, he takes a train to Bucharest to kill himself, but suddenly he's struck by lightning. After a slow recovery, he miraculously grows younger and gains superhuman powers. WWII breaks out and Romania's fascist dictator Ion Antonescu cooperates with Adolf Hitler. Matei must escape to Switzerland, because Nazi scientists want to use his powers...Some years later, he meets a woman who has her own passage through a lightning storm. Not only does Dominic find love again, but her new abilities hold the key to his research...Coppola's adaptation of Mircea Eliade's surreal novella is a mysterious, romantic, melancholic and humorous journey to the outer limits of space, time and identity. Dreams become reality and reality feels like a dream... Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Editor Walter Murch started working immediately after completing his previous film, Jarhead (2005). He had to spend 6 weeks watching the 162 hours of footage. See more »

Goofs

The panoramic x ray shown when the teeth of the main character start to change is obviously from a 12 years old person as are clearly visible temporal molars (that are not present in adults) and their adult successors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dominic: [voice over] Sometimes... I admit to myself that it's possible... I will never be able to finish my life's work. My one and only book. And that in the end... without her... I will be nothing. And I will die alone.
[cries]
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Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Middle Village
Written by Lev Zhurbin (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin)
Performed by Lev Zhurbin (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin) on viola and Balogh, Kálmán (cymbalom)
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One viewing is all I need
6 September 2009 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

I'm stupid enough to be really honest here. I didn't completely understand all of the film. I didn't. I know the film is about perception and time but there is more here and I'm human enough to say I can't quite put it all together. The acting is excellent. The photography beautiful. The locations used were fantastic. I did enjoy the film but I really didn't find it all that engaging. Perhaps that is because I didn't grasp all of it. Not a bad film by any means but it got a little bit weird in certain parts and I don't think everyone is going to love it. I'm glad I saw the film but wouldn't sit through it again.


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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Youth Without Youth See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,550, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$244,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,624,759
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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