Friday, December 18, 2015


A morose, retired composer (Michael Caine) is vacationing at a Swedish spa with his daughter/personal assistant (Rachel Weisz) who has just been jilted by the son of the musician's lifelong friend (Harvey Keitel), a director mapping out his latest venture and also staying at the resort. Like This Must Be the Place and his grossly overpraised The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino's Youth is soaked in artifice and basked in pretension with competent performances from its aging stars failing to elevate the dreadful material. Jane Fonda arrives near the film's close in a tersely powerful performance which turns some of the picture's ostentation on its head.
** out of ****