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 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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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 movie 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 movie, 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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Singers Paloma Faith, Mark Kozelek, Sun Kil Moon and Sumi Jo all play themselves in the movie, with Faith having a speaking part as well. See more »

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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 »

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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The film's title credit only appears after 14 minutes. See more »

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Can't Rely On You
(Pharrell Williams)
Performed by Paloma Faith
(c) EMI Music Publishing Italia S.R.L.
(p) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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An Audio and Visual Tour de Force
24 October 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Reviewers Notes, humbly submitted:

1. One of those must-see films that contains images, performances, set pieces and snippets of dialog that will haunt you long after you have left the theatre. My favorite is a throwaway line by Harvey Keitel's character casually explaining why for 60 years he has been gullible in his relationship with Caine's character: "I invent stories ... I have to believe everything in order to make things up." (Keitel) That is what reviewers like to call dialog within dialog.

2. Caine is superb, but then again he is always superb.

3. This is an affectation that this reviewer wants to add: since Sorrentino is very direct about wanting this film to be about age, the experience would be enhanced if you watch 1966's Alfie before seeing Youth. To see Caine (at the time) portraying one of the sexiest men alive will take you to a new level of appreciation for what age is about.

4. Some of the images, clearly surreal, could well set the standard for the medium for years to come. They are not only extraordinary but plentiful. Contrast these for example to TV's American Horror Story which pretends to be leading edge in this regard but in fact is merely recycling stuff from 1970s horror films. This is the real deal.

5. Weisz comes full circle. She started her career doing serious roles in indies, temporarily became a saucy sex goddess, and is now a serious actress once again.

6. Only criticism is a problem I have noticed with other films by strong directors like Woody Allen -- the director, doing double duty as the writer, is virtually God in this production and subconsciously the viewer understands that he or she may as well be watching a film made on Mars, because the energy and the characters are so far removed from reality.


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English | Spanish | Swiss German

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

EUR12,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,085, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$2,703,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,459,358
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