Youth Film Review

Film Review by Glenn Blomfield (NZ Entertainment Podcast)

The Premise
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. 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. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.

The Review
Youth is a film with old people farting philosophy, beauty in silence, tastefully mixed with cinematic imagery. There are moments of influences from the Italian Director Fellini that splash onto the film reflecting real meaning

Michael Caine plays a retired music composer and Harvey Keitel a film Director searching for his next film, both have a wonderful chemistry on screen, one apathetic versus one’s belief in the magic of life – two old male best friends losing a future and forgetting the past. The title of the film ‘Youth’ is simply a metaphor and meaning of the film

Set in a vacation health spa in the Swiss Alps. The two geriatric central characters are surrounded by an interesting cast of characters.  A Buddhist monk, a young male actor searching for desire, a daughter in mid-life crisis looking for understanding, and an ageing actress (startling portrayal by Jane Fonda), and other snippets of lives from Hotel Staff to Hotel guests, even the stunning Miss Universe makes an appearance

The Verdict
Watching Youth, I found a philosophic meaning that moved me emotionally. Those same personal responses may also fall pretentious to people accusing the film of being too melodramatic. There are definite missteps that will jar your experience in the film. This is a review that comes with some warning, but it is also well worth the experience.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 3rd December 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 118 minutes 
Genre:  Genre
Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz
Director: Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)

The Extras
Madalina Ghenea, who is playing Miss Universe and the symbol of youth in the film was 26 at the time of filming. In real life she would've been the oldest Miss Universe ever (sharing the honour with 1997 American winner Brook Lee).

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz; and one Oscar nominee: Harvey Keitel.

Singers Paloma Faith, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) and Sumi Jo all play themselves in the movie with Faith having a speaking part as well.

The movie is shot in the eastern part of the swiss Alps. There is a shot in the movie of the train station of Wiesen. This village is located between St. Moritz and Davos.

This is the first movie to be picked up by Fox Searchlight at Cannes.


When Rachel is lying in the sun, talking to the mountainier, by changing camera position, her hand in her hair is almost never in the right place.