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2,006 Ratings


La giovinezza

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Italy, France, 2015


Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. 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.

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Youth Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

David di Donatello Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Music

2016 | 12 nominations including: Best Film

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are both tremendous in their respective roles as revered maestros on the wane, while Sorrentino infuses the serenely beautiful (at times bewildering) imagery with life-affirming exuberance. A scene in which Caine conducts an orchestra of cows in a field is among the most joyous we’ve seen at this prestigious festival.
May 23, 2015
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The aged and affluent might be easy to mock, and maybe they can take Sorrentino’s teasing, but there’s more to this movie than that; it’s got a soul and believes in art. But he targets the rich, because he appears to think the source of the world’s decay can be traced to its upper echelons.
May 21, 2015
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So vivid and startling are the tableaux captured by a gliding camera that it’s often hard to see anything other than high-impact visual gimmickry. Mere hours after its first press screening, Youth is already dividing critics… For this writer, there is a palpable atmosphere to the film, a sense that Fred has entered his end days.
May 20, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Youth

    [For lovers, for cinéphiles, for film students, for emotional folk; for You & Me] THE most meaningful, beautiful (*listens to MGMtT's The Youth* I wonder if the film's title comes from this song...) and emotional film of 2015 so far (Have not yet seen the new films of Malick, Tarantino, Zulawski, etc). In another Malick-less year (knight of cups was given limited distribution) many directors chose to channel Malick

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Youth

    Gorgeous images, but the dialogue is so forced and contrived that I felt sorry for all of the fine actors involved. Is it supposed to be ironic that Keitel plays a film maker who has lost his spark? I hope that Sorrentino recovers his.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Youth

    2h d'ennui, 4 stars monumentales, 1 belle arnaque. == 1 star for CAINE,another for KEITEL, who have a few good lines to say. Unfortunately the rest of it are pompous clichés as big as the Swiss mountains where this international production was beautifully shot. If you add eternally gorgeous FONDA & MARADONA, you have a boring, endless movie, cleverly unavoidable due to the presence of these cinema living legends.

  • Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Youth

    This pile of rubbish won several "prizes for the pretentious". It could do with the attention of a good pair of shears to leave at least an hour on the cutting-room floor. To be fair, the photography is nice and Michael Caine does his old duffer routine well. Jane Fonda looks like a dog. Star of the show though is the morbidly obese Diego Maradona who looks like Michelin Man on a bad day. Worth seeing for that alone.

  • Murat Erdem's rating of the film Youth

    Diyalog yazmak zor iştir. Acemi birisinin ellerinde kolaylıkla hüsrana dönüşebilir. Görülüyor ki Avrupa'nın genç yönetmenlerinin üstadların filmlerinden ders almaya ihtiyacı var. Ben de yönetmene, derse Allen'ın ''Blue Jasmine'' filmi ile başlamasını öneriyorum. Sinema sadece görüntü yönetmenliği değil çünkü.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Youth

    **1/2. Light and harmless film about youth, old age, fame, cinema, memory and anything you want. It's beautifully lighted, masterfully directed but so empty. Already forgotten (and I'm not THAT old!).

  • Guillermo Padilla's rating of the film Youth

    Sorrentino is under magical and absurd moments, sometimes authentic, many empty, unlike "The Great Beauty" this film lacks the fluidity with which connects the viewer with the espactectador lost in poetry. Forced poetry, that looks good, it means a lot, but does not connect. A wasted performance by Paul Dano.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Youth

    Sorrentino's second foray into English language filmmaking is a serious improvement on the first (This Must Be The Place) with this reflective film that examines the creative soul and the impact it has on family and friendships. Visually the film is sumptuous and where the film is light on story it excels in performance. Turns by Rachel Weitz, Paul Dano and especially Harvey Keitel are quite noteworthy.

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