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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Retrosettes ... Swing Band (as The Retrosettes Sister Band)
Gabriella Belisario ... Escort (as Gabriela Belisario)
... Escort's Mother
... Lena Ballinger
... Jimmy Tree
... Mick Boyle
... Queen's Emissary
... Fred Ballinger
... 1st Queen's Emissary Assistant (as Ian Keir Attard)
Adam Jackson-Smith ... 2nd Queen's Emissary Assistant
Dorji Wangchuk ... Buddhist Monk
Roly Serrano ... South American
Loredana Cannata ... South American's Wife
... Miss Universe (as Madalina Ghenea)
... 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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4 December 2015 (USA)  »

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La giovinezza  »

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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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Trivia

The particular inception point of the film, was the story of Riccardo Muti being invited by the Queen to conduct a concert. Because they could not agree on the repertoire, Muti turned the Queen down, which was something Paolo Sorrentino wrote in his diary, and by which was later inspired. See more »

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Brenda (Jane Fonda) says that she "paid for the Actors Studio". The Actors Studio has always been free, the only requirement was to be accepted. 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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Soundtracks

The Breeze/My Baby Cries
Written by Kath Bloom Bronski
Performed by Bill Callahan
(c) Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.
Published in Italy by Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.R.L.
Recording (c) 2009 Bill Callahan under lincense to Chapter Music
from "Loving Takes This Course - A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom"
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One of the best films of the year
15 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

There is a sense of nostalgia in the films of Paolo Sorrentino. The nostalgia often comes across as a sense of regret for the loss of innocent love experienced by the central characters during their youth. Such a regret can easily fills one's heart with melancholy but Sorrentino seems to have mastered the art of mixing gravity with levity. His films can be both serious and farcical at the same time and that's why they are more complex than what they prima facie appear. Youth‬ is no different.

Here is a film about larger-than-life oldies pining for their long past golden years of youth. We have a retired conductor (Michael Caine), a self-indulgent filmmaker well past his prime (Harvey Keitel), an insecure actor (Paul Dano), a mountaineer, a Miss Universe with brains, and an overweight footballer (most probably based on Maradona). There is a lively cameo from Jane Fonda who plays a legendary actress from Hollywood and then there is Rachel Weisz who plays the conductor's daughter.

Among other things (which certainly include Sorrentino's brilliant direction), it is the performances of Caine and Keitel that makes it a treat to watch. While Keitel steals every scene that he is a part of, Caine delivers a deeply nuanced performance around which the entire movie revolves. Youth is nowhere near being Sorrentino's best but it is certainly one of the best films of the year.

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