“Youth,” directed and written by Paolo Sorrentino, is a masterfully complete work of art that unravels the complex meaning of life by revolving around the guests of a luxury resort in the Swiss Alps and explores many universal emotions like pride, regret, love and temptation.
Retired composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and filmmaker Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) reflect on their lives as their memories begin to fade and they admit that their lives are nearing the end.
Ballinger repeatedly turns down opportunities from his daughter and manager Lena (Rachel Weisz) and from the Queen of England to perform his famous “Simple Songs” for the Prince.
Ballinger often entertains, and deeply contemplates, the cynical thoughts of actor Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano).
The dialogue between the film’s characters seems less like normal conversation than a glimpse into the thoughts of jaded resort guests.
The most dynamic performance of the film came from Jane Fonda’s character Brenda Morel, which only last a few minutes near the end.
Morel is an actress who had worked extensively with Boyle in the past, but refuses to get involved with his most recent project.
The scene when she tells him that she has decided not to be in his film provides a shot of life and fire into the already engaging film and is one the most visually pleasing scenes of 2015.
Sorrentino and cinematographer Luca Bigazzi provide the audience with one of the more beautifully shot films in recent memory.
From the different paintings in resort rooms to the various resorts guest extras, every part of the film seems to play a part in the elaborate art piece that “Youth” turned out to be.
The romantic atmosphere created by the collaboration of Sorrentino and Bigazzi allows the viewer to become enticed by the beautifully written script.
The 124 minutes of film is worth two to three viewings and is easily one of the best films of the year.