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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.


Paolo Sorrentino


Paolo Sorrentino, Virginia Jewiss (adaptation)
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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 ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Italy | France | UK | Switzerland


English | Spanish | Swiss German

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


EUR12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,085, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Writer and Director 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 »


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 »


[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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Simple Song #3
Music and lyrics by David Lang
Soprano: Sumi Jo
Violino solo: Viktoria Mullova
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra
Orchestra conductor: Terry Davies
Orchestra recording at Abbey Road Studios London
Recording assistants: Lewis Jones, John Barrett
Engineer NY: Lawson White
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20 May 2015 | by James_De_BelloSee all my reviews

Sorrentino's follow up to the masterpiece that is "The Great Beauty" proves he is one of the most interesting, unique, energetic and visually stimulating voices in today's cinema even though it does not quite live up to standard he set himself with his previous film. Now, that is in no way a detraction to the film itself, but it definitely left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.

I will get out of the way immediately what I found wrong with the film. Firstly, it simply isn't as organic and fluent as it should be. Even the photography is uneven to itself. Now I don't know if that was intentional or not, but the fact that I didn't understand it proves the point. And I am not talking about the surrealist scenes with I actually and obviously adored, I am talking about the overall tone and storytelling which switches gears a little bit too often, especially in the third act. Up until there it wasn't bugging me that much, but the third act made it sink and to this contributed a very weird end credits sequence, if you'll see the movie you'll know what I'm talking about. Moreover, the movie isn't as clear cut as it needs to be. I am not talking about being direct, actually I enjoyed the fact that it is very open to interpretation in parts and directs your interpretation in others, yet again there is too much switching from one to the other and it made for some murky moments throughout. It is not like I want to be told everything, it's just that the film set itself up for being mentally stimulating and it wasn't as much as I wanted. Actually the parts were it was direct were the best, on the other hand I wasn't given enough space or material to think about the more interpretable parts and this made for a slightly and surprisingly forgettable impact.

Fortunately there is much that can be enjoyed, which compensates for the holes that were left there. Firstly, no one does surrealism as good as Sorrentino. There were a couple of sequences were I was just in total ecstasy. Sorrentino knows how to fill that screen and use it to the best of its potential with imagery and he proves here again he is able of delivering absolutely absorbing and exhilarating experiences, the best part being the fact that they aren't a gimmick they always fit the storytelling perfectly. He also knows very, very well how to use music to the best of his advantages. Also brilliant is Luca Bigazzi's cinematography. I know I said it was uneven before and that is true, but when you stop and look at it scene by scene you just cannot take it all in. The cast is also wonderful. Keitel and Caine are simply fantastic, Dano does perfectly what he is given to do, but it's Weiz that for me stole the show and gave another great performance. There are very few actresses that fill the screen appropriately and as perfectly as she does. This film is also enormously quotable, I lost count of how many times in the theater I wished I had a notepad to write down a sentence a character used. Even better is the fact that they always felt genuine and not showy. This speaks to what I said before: the film is miles better in what it says directly to what it leaves open. Now that is not to say that the open ended stuff is bad or aimless. For that type of pseudo-intellectualism s**t just look at "The Tale of Tales" out this week too. That is the type that is simply vain. In this movie it's just very murky, there are some parts that work others that don't but you always feel that it is coming out genuinely.

Overall I really enjoyed myself and I can't define me disappointed, I am just a little bit let down, but then again I was excepting too much. I am still very torn on my grade and will use a future viewing to settle it. This film is worth your time I don't know if it's an 8 or a 7.5, just know that it is very good.

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