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Sorrentino’s YOUTH shows two older gentleman in states of crisis, as they worry about their health and artistic integrity in a first rate spa. Hefty jokes, glamorous women, subtle irony and words of wisdom.


Paolo Sorrentino is a relatively young director who has been making movies about very rich older people for a while now. In LA GRANDE BELLEZZA he sends a critic to Rome’s glamorous world with plenty of sex, irony, and sincere maxims. In THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Sean Penn is an aging Robert Smith lookalike getting advice on how to deal with himself and his life. In YOUTH Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine sit together near a pool in a luxurious spa hotel, look at the breasts of Miss World, and worry about their prostate and other things. Keitel is a rich film director who has problems financing his current project and Caine is a rich composer who is reduced to his popular piece “Five Simple Songs” which he is supposed to play for the Queen but doesn’t want to. Paul Dano pops up occasionally, playing a rich actor going through a mild crisis. In the background there are mountain panoramas, several old women that have nothing to say only there to exhibit the deterioration of the body, and a series of younger woman that are mostly there to be pretty. The aesthetic men make one or two dirty jokes, followed by a whiff of gentle irony, a nice set of breasts, a long leg here, a curled lip there. The film splashes around like the water in a Kneipp basin. Finally, theres the cherished maxim: as long as we create art, we are alive. We should worry about Sorrentino’s vital signs.

Tom Dorow

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: La Giovinezza
Italien/ Frankreich/ Schweiz/ Großbritannien 2015, 118 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Author: Paolo Sorrentino
DOP: Luca Bigazzi
Montage: Cristiano Travaglioli
Music: David Lang
Distributor: Wild Bunch Germany
Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz
FSK: 6
Release: 26.11.2015




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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