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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
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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


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

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:

La giovinezza See more »


Box Office


€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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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As Miss Universe steps into the pool, her right arm can be seen reaching for the rail. In the next shot, however, her arm has moved away from the rail. 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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Awful script with very nice view
3 February 2016 | by hursit_hostSee all my reviews

Poor characters, cliché story, terrible dialogue. I feel like I wasted 2 hours of my good time.

I guess cinema fans find it really hard to not like Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, especially when they are this old and look very wise, sagelike.

I guess everybody has a similar expectancy when it is a movie about old age and youth and life... it has to have some wisdom. And the film tries to fulfill this, poorly. It is full of one-phrase self- help wisdom more apt for twitter than for a work of art. Dialogues like: "when you are young everything seems so close (looking through the telescope) that is the future... when you are old everything seems far (looking through the other side of the telescope) that is the past..."

It doesn't even make any sense. And the movie is full of this. Most of the dialogue is either that or just pure nonsense. Sounds very wise at first and when you think about it a minute it's total bull.

Yes Michael Caine can make a scene come alive, but there is no real character development apart from some very worn clichés like the unattached musician who can't relate to the world (I do music because music doesn't need words, just emotions, I don't understand the world, I understand music) And there is no development to his desicions he makes and the changes he goes through. But after all he is an actor and doesn't make a difference how good is and actor if the story is a non-story.

And all the supporting characters... they don't support the story. There is Maradona (obviously) staying at the hotel and he has quite long scenes. I don't see what he has to do with anything. But even the more complex characters like the movie star staying at the hotel, doesn't support the story. Just comes in, blurts out some self-help wisdom and goes out. Same as the "miss universe" that comes in saying "she loves robot movies" and turns into a psychoanalyst in 20 seconds and blurts out some more self-help and out she goes only to come back to expose her entire body naked some minutes later.

I actually thought of giving it a 4 out of 10 just out of respect for the very good acting... but then again, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone except to give an example of bad dialogue writing and still it would be a waste of time.

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