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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.13.15] Italy drama

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a master filmmaker and one of the things I love about his movies is that they're masterful without being boring. They're full of joy and entertainment and I love that his focus is often on seizing the day and living life to the fullest. The message is a bit cheesy but the movies aren't and from the look of the trailer for Sorrentino's follow-up to The Great Beauty (review), Youth features the director's trademark style.

Michael Caine stars as a as a retired orchestra conductor who is on holiday and receives an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Along with Chaine, the movie also stars Paul Dano as a director staying at the same resort, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Madalina Ghenea.

It all sounds very run of the mill but on paper, all of Sorrentino's movies sound like plots for short films (the plot of The Great Beauty is basically: an old man has a birthday party and talks to his friends about being young) but the important bits are in the spaces between the stories, in the moments and the observations Sorrentino makes between lines of dialogue.

Youth will make its debut at Cannes. Look for it making the festival rounds in the coming year.

Recommended Release: The Great Beauty

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