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Youth (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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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YOUTH is about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. 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. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.

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Michael Caine
as Fred Ballinger
Rachel Weisz
as Leda Ballinger
Paul Dano
as Mick Boyle
Jane Fonda
as Brenda Morel
Alex MacQueen
as Queen's Emissary
Tom Lipinski
as Screenwriter in love
Madalina Ghenea
as Miss Universe
Emilia Jones
as Frances
Chloe Pirrie
as Girl Screenwriter
Rebecca Calder
as The Countess
Elizabeth Kinnear
as Carrie - Horror girl
Richard Banks
as Concert Goer
Loredana Cannata
as Southamerican's wife, South American's wife
Laura De Marchi
as Escort's Mother
Ian Keir Attard
as 1st Queen's Emissary Assistant
Adam Jackson-Smith
as 2nd Queen's Emissary Assistant
Dorji Wangchuk
as Buddhist Monk
Mark Kozelek
as Mark Kozalek
Rolly Serrano
as South American
Nate Dern
as Funny Screenwriter
Alex Beckett
as Bearded Screenwriter
Mark Gessner
as Shy Screenwriter
Luna Mijovic
as Masseuse
Vincent Wolterbeek
as Eastern Masseur
Cornelia Marxer
as Pharmacist
Helmut Förnbacher
as Silent Husband
Paloma Faith
as Herself
Robert Seethaler
as Luca Moroder
Alessandro Soriano
as Mountain Bike Boy
Leo Artin
as Young Violinist
Attilio Zampieri
as Fire Eater
Aldo Ralli
as Hotel Manager
Alexander Seibt
as 1st Attendant
Kaspar Weiss
as 2nd Attendant
Portia Reiners
as Stewardess
Leoni Staubli
as Girl in Suit
Alice Bauer
as Cigarette Girl
Anabel Kutay
as Sci-fi Girl
Beatrice Walker
as Bikini Girl
Veronika Dash
as Ditsy Girl
Eugenia Caruso
as Puritan Woman
Melinda Bokor
as Pretty Woman
Celine Peruzzo
as 50's Housewife
Bleta Jahaj
as Cleopatra
Ashley Bryant
as Black Panther
Beatrice Curnew
as Police Woman
Tatiana Luter
as Girl Soldier
Julia Danuser
as Pirate Girl
Svenja Hassig
as Breakfast at Tiffany's Girl
Lola Tobelem
as Diner Waitress
Annámaria Cseh
as Business Woman
Daniela Bollinger
as Fencer Girl
Pascal Fleury
as Parachutist
Sumi Jo
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Youth

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (59)

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

Sorrentino delivers a beautiful film clearly inspired by Fellini and touches upon so many themes (like life, love, memory and desire) that any brief comment wouldn't be sufficient to describe it. Besides, it looks gorgeous and has spectacular performances by Caine, Keitel and Fonda.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A beautiful looking tedious bore. Jane Fonda nails her cameo.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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