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Youth (2015)

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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

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 ... 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 Adam Jackson-Smith ... 2nd Queen's Emissary Assistant
Dorji Wangchuk Dorji Wangchuk ... Buddhist Monk
Roly Serrano Roly Serrano ... South American
Loredana Cannata Loredana Cannata ... South American's Wife
Mãdãlina Ghenea ... Miss Universe (as Madalina Ghenea)
Mark Kozelek ... Himself
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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 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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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

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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:

La giovinezza See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,426,335 (Italy), 24 May 2015, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,085, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,698,509, 6 March 2016
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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Paolo Sorrentino, the character of filmmaker Mick (Harvey Keitel), is far from being an autobiographical creation, and is a fairly non-specific filmmaker, "a little bit of Roger Corman, a bit of Sidney Lumet, a bit of William Friedkin". See more »

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In the restaurant, when Caine tells Keitel that the old silent couple is mute, you can clearly see the mesh that holds Caine's wig in place on his right temple. 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 »

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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 10 March 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Preludes Book 1, Des pas sur la neige - Trist et lent
Composed by Claude Debussy
Piano: Gianluca Gascioli
(c) 2006 Universal Music Italia S.R.L.
Courtesy of Universal Music Italia S.R.L.
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Either you love it or you get nothing from it.
30 May 2015 | by pise-65431See all my reviews

I'm not a professional in film reviews, to begin with. I'm just an University student who's got an enormous passion for cinema. It was years since a movie moved my soul in such a profound way. I was stunned when I saw that the movie summed up a 7.5 rating here on IMDb. I thought about this fact for some days, then I kind of make up my answer. "Youth" is the symbol of many struggles in cinema and in people's mind. American movies and many Europeans ones as well are so easy to like, just because they're easy to follow. They show facts, actions, somehow explained by words and some ideas. Ideas are like the salt we put on on our meals to make them tasty. Films like "Youth" are the exact opposite: words and ideas are the "meal", and a few actions are the "salt". Actually all the actions are at the end of the movie, they could be perceived as a climax, but they're more like the conclusion of complex exchanges of ideas throughout the movie. I won't comment about technical features, because I don't have the expertise to do it. I just say that the soundtrack is somewhere near perfection, editing as well and there some beautifully shot scenes. As I said, my concern is not about that. "Youth" make the viewer think about life, old age, ethics, it accompanies us through some beautiful ideas, and this is where all pros and cons stay. This movie doesn't look for easy ways to impress the viewer, to make him/her somehow forcefully interested to what the screen shows, it requests an open mind and what I ironically call "the 51st shade": a fetish to thoughts, not only to material things. Some people don't like Sorrentino because they consider him a "radical chic intellectual". It is a righteous choice to be against "intellectualism" whatsoever, but it is as well righteous to be against ignorance.


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