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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 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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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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Italy | France | UK | Switzerland

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Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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Fred Ballinger: You can't smoke here.
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[drops his cigarettes onto the table]
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Cavatina 'Figlia ti scuoti'
from Virginia Act I
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Soprano: Susan Patterson
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Maurizio Benini
(c) Opera Rara
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The Real Great Beauty
23 June 2015 | by cerca-soniaSee all my reviews

When it comes to Paolo Sorrentino I don't know what to expect. On one hand I loved his first English work "This Must Be The Place" starring a wonderful Sean Penn; on the other hand I didn't quite enjoy his Oscar Winner "The Great Beauty". I was actually afraid this one was going to be another attempt at being Fellini. But Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz gave me the push to watch it. I'm glad I didn't wait, because this is Sorrentino's greatest beauty.

Youth is a brilliant, intense, philosophical, and moving film about life and death, youth and oldness, loneliness and friendship.

As I watched the film I thought the title was deceiving. I thought it was only about being old, and I couldn't find the real meaning of it. But as I'm writing this, has passed almost a week since I saw it, and I've got enough time to think about it. Now, I do realize it is about the importance of youth, because it praises old age as that moment in life when you think about your past.

Masterfully directed and written by Paolo Sorrentino, the film is enhanced by a deep, witty, and provocative dialogue, a wonderful and breathtaking photography by Luca Bigazzi, spectacular scenography, and sublime music.

The acting is first class. Michael Caine shines in the leading role, delivering an intense performance as Fred Ballinger. The supporting cast does a wonderful job as well. Old, but young inside Harvey Keitel, and young, but old inside Paul Dano are perfect in portraying the contrast between youth and oldness. Rachel Weisz delivers another great performance. Jane Fonda's cameo is great too. The one that surprised me the most is Luna Zimic Mijovic, who plays the masseuse.

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