Youth

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Gorgeously filmed and beautifully acted, Youth offers an enticing -- albeit flawed -- opportunity to witness an impressive array of seasoned veterans combining their cinematic might.

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Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer and conductor, vacations at a Swiss Spa with his longtime friend Mick (Harvey Keitel). As Mick crafts what may be his final screenplay, Fred is given the opportunity to perform for the Queen.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Fred Ballinger
Rachel Weisz
Lena Ballinger
Paul Dano
Jimmy Tree
Jane Fonda
Brenda Morel
Alex Macqueen
Queen's Emissary
Luna Zimic Mijovic
Young Masseuse
Tom Lipinski
Screenwriter in Love
Viola Prestieri
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Luca Bigazzi
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Cristiano Travaglioli
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David Lang
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Ludovica Ferrario
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Critic Reviews for Youth

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (59) | Fresh (153) | Rotten (62)

  • Full of confidence, Sorrentino's direction never wavers and he sees the film through to the end.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Youth has nothing new to say, its Italian thematic aesthetic nothing more than a mask for an emotional schadenfreude impossible to take pleasure in.

    August 18, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Sorrentino wants to say something profound about illnesses that bury loved ones alive. But the pompous lines kill the mood.

    January 31, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Occasionally the warring elements come together, finding plaintive and heartfelt song amid the cacophony of seemingly random voices.

    January 31, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In his culminating despair, Keitel says: "We're all just extras." You wouldn't want to be even that here ...

    January 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Sorrentino has enough standing to attract stars of the calibre of Caine, Keitel and even Jane Fonda... It's just that its messages... are rather beneath them. All that effort is wasted on Youth.

    January 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Youth

  • Sep 24, 2016
    Michael Caine never fails to surprise me. He's one of the most accomplished actors of all time and yet, a performance like his in Youth, is still quite astonishing. Caine, like a few other elder actors who I won't name, still do quite a few movies these days. But some can clearly be seen as "paycheck" movies. Now, I've never seen a bad performance from Caine, actually I'm not sure if he's ever had a below average performance, but sometimes he takes roles that just don't seem to make much sense. I enjoy the Now You See Me movies for what they are, but there's no real reason for Caine to be in them. With that said, Youth is as good as I've seen Caine in years. It's a starring role with layers of emotion and character depth, which is something Caine just hasn't been given of late. The film itself has its beautiful moments, but Caine was the reason I was invested. He plays a retired composer, Fred, who is being sought out by the Queen for a performance of one of his most beloved songs, only personal reasons get in his way. But the film isn't really about that performance at all. In fact, it's really a story about regret, wistfulness, and deprivation. Fred spends his time reflecting on his life at a secluded resort in the Swiss Alps with his longtime friend and film director, Mick, played by Harvey Keitel. These conversations give the film a poignantly nostalgic feel, but it's also not an overwhelmingly depressing take on life either. Neither actor has been this invested in a role in years, and thus it's a bittersweet film, especially considering the age and career path of both the actors in real life. The one thing that didn't work too well for me was the use of dream-like sequences to hammer home the main themes and ideas. I got the message I needed through the actors and script, so I wasn't a huge fan of Paolo Sorrentino continuously using this storytelling method. Alas, the rest of his directing job should be commended. Even though most of the film consists of the main characters going through their daily motions and routines, I found the message of doing something with your life and not wasting time to be incredibly effective. Some memories wash away but the ones that stick are truly the important ones. Youth was really a nice little film that was largely lost in the shuffle with the rest of the industry. Check this one out. +Caine and Keitel fully committed +Poignant +Strong supporting cast -Dreamy scenes 8.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2016
    A beautiful looking tedious bore. Jane Fonda nails her cameo.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2016
    "Youth" is almost too thought-provoking for it's own good, but that works in it's favour. Following a retired composer once he is asked to perform for the Queen, we begin to see his life sort of unravel before our eyes and why his decision to not do so is so important to the story. This is a very meaningful picture that may not get all of it's message across upon first viewing, but it is still worth that first viewing. This may not be one of my favourite films of 2015, but it is definitely one of the films I enjoyed watching most. "Youth" boasts standout performances from Michael Caine, harvey Keitel, and Paul Dano. I believed everything these characters were saying, and by the end of the film, the climax will have you smiling, although it felt like a rushed earning. You will see what I mean if you watch the film. I loved watching this movie! It's flaws are in it's overall progression, which was a personal issue of mine, so I will not get into that aspect. Great screenplay, great music, and overall a great film. "Youth" is very, very good!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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