It’s sad to say that Paolo Sorrentino may have already made his masterpiece in ‘The Great Beauty’ a film that would be hard to top in anyone’s book. His latest ‘Youth’ can’t reach the same highs but none the less is a good solid film. Michael Caine plays an aging composer staying in a Swiss retreat surrounded by all sorts of characters including one of his oldest friends a director played by Harvey Keitel. Together they are both facing the approaching end with a little wit, denial, sadness and contemplation. All this makes for a film that is in equal measures moving, dark, funny and absurd. Paloma Faith and Mark Kozalek both turn up as themselves and the supporting cast are all excellent. There are some memorable fantasy set pieces and some genuine heart in throat moments which make the overall experience one that should touch the viewer regardless of age.



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