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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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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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€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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[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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(Mark Kozelek / Jimmy Lavalle)
Performed by Mark Kozelek
Courtesy of Caldo Verde
Published by House of Hassle
by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A Masterpiece!
1 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' is a reminder of how powerful & affecting Cinema is. In this multiple themed Masterpiece, we explore many people & their journey together as one, left me astonished. This isn't merely a story that needs to be seen, but it also demands to be felt.

'Youth' Synopsis: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday 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.

'Youth' is flawless work. Sorrentino's Screenplay is about the eternal struggle between age and youth, the past and the future, life and death, commitment and betrayal. And its all depicted so seamlessly. I was truly blown away. Watching the protagonist & co. explore each other lives as their come under roof, is often saddening, but its so so affecting, as well. The Screenplay flows bravely & the pace remains tight.

Sorrentino's Direction is extraordinary. He's outdone himself here, delivering a story that deals with life & its consequences. Luca Bigazzi's Cinematography is a visual delight. Each & Every Frame has captured the sheer beauty of the nature on display. Editing is crisp. David Lang's Score is incredible. Art & Costume Design are elegant.

Performance-Wise: Sir Michael Caine is at his aging best. Its a masterclass, masterful performance, from this legendary actor! Harvey Keitel is in top-form, complimenting Caine & holding on his own, throughout. Rachel Weisz is magnificent. An Oscar should chase her next year. And The Terrific Paul Dano continues to astonish.

On the whole, 'Youth' cannot be missed. Two Big Thumbs Up!


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