Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Youth (2015)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Mark Kozelek, Jane Fonda

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.

An absolutely wonderful movie that is not for everyone. Most people will find this movie a total bore, since there is not any excitement or action in the movie at all. It is a movie with mostly conversation between all of the characters, but it is conversation that is incredible to be heard. I was impressed with all of it.

The story is so deep and personal in a way. When you listen to these two men discuss the problems that they have going on in their own life, which some of it intertwined with each other. Their children are married to one another. These men go back for decades on their friendship. It makes the story even better. Then there are the other stories from the other characters that are introduced into the movie. It just makes it all worth every moment. Everything spoken in the movie is so deep and meaningful on several different levels for the viewer.

The best part about the movie are the performers that are playing and performing in the courtyard of the resort. Amazing work from artist from different parts of the world. The best one was seeing Mark Kozelek playing his guitar. That was so awesome to see in a movie.

The cast was at the top of their game. Michael Caine became his character. Even though you know whom it is, the performance was so well done that you did start to believe that he was a conductor and composer. Harvey Keitel was great as a somewhat bad movie director that is so desperate to make a great final movie to end his work. He just is working with too many young people that know nothing about real life yet. Paul Dano was like he is in so many of his roles. He was just so far out there that you wonder if he will come back. He is like that in this movie. It worked really though.

This is a movie that you really need to watch alone, so you can really get into. This is a deep movie that is so enjoyable. This is a great movie to watch. Enjoy.
Youth (2015) Trailer

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