Youth Without Youth

2007, Romance/Mystery & thriller, 2h 5m

107 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Although visually appealing, Coppola's latest film mixes too many genres with a very confusing plot. Read critic reviews

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In Romania in the late 1930s, Dominic (Tim Roth) is an old man who has sacrificed everything -- including the love of his life, Laura (Alexandra Maria Lara) -- in his study of the origin of language. He is planning his suicide when a bolt of lightning reduces his age and magnifies his brain power. Dominic is sent to Switzerland to elude the Nazis. There, years later, he meets a woman who looks like Laura. Through her he goes on a surreal, metaphysical exploration of language, life and reality.

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  • Jan 11, 2019
    I'll concede that at times the narrative is frustrating, but that doesn't mean this movie deserved the excessively nasty criticism it received. Coppola is playing around with so many genres here that I found myself drawn into the dense plot, hell even the seemingly unconvincing romance pays off in unexpected ways.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    Confusing? Does the RT consensus need a refill on their Ritalin?
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2011
    I'll warn you first: if you manage to survive the first 45 minutes it gets better! "Youth Without Youth" is based on the novella of the same name by Romanian author Mircea Eliade and it was the first film that Coppola had directed in ten years since 1997's The Rainmaker. In this film you'll find a very personal approach to a barely known novella by Mircea Eliade, but also homage to Romanian culture and civilization. People who read the novella found it difficult and "anti-cinematic"... it's some kind of a meditation on time and the relation between human memory and identity. The major theme of the film is "la vita est sueno" (life is dream) but Coppola said that he made the film as a meditation on time and on consciousness, which he considers a "changing tapestry of illusion," admitting that the film may also be appreciated as a beautiful love story, or as a mystery. I purchased this DVD and was ready to enjoy the experience which blurs dreams and everyday life and suggests that through visual and narrative experimentation the main character has begun the search for new ways of making meaning, new holy places for him and for us... but the problem in enjoying that search process was in the bad sound recording - I'll say the worst in the 21st century! Mumbling of the complicated philosophical theories is not something I prefer when having trouble with the full story! Disappointing work from one of my favourite directors... two hours and six minutes long!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2010
    A non cohesive and flawed experiment with some incredibly poignant moments, a haunting love story and a score to die for. Tim Roth is a very gifted and highly underrated actor, capable of transmiting sorrow and anxiety quite easily. I only wish Coppola had concentrated on structure and pace a little bit more.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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