youth: a movie about the incredible details
It has been 4 days since I saw the movie ‘Youth’ by Paolo Sorrentino. And I can’t get it out of my head. It happens sometimes that I just can’t go on with life after reading a book or watching a film, but this one is different. I just feel the urge to watch it over and over again, maybe to understand it better. Or just try to grasp every little detail. Because this movie is like a bracelet made of sparkling diamonds: it’s shiny and beautiful, but you won’t realize how precious it is until you watch it very close and see that every single diamond is worth watching, every single one of them is a masterpiece on its own.
I’m not going to try to analyze or criticize this film, I just want to say thank you to Paolo Sorrentino for this 124 minutes of beauty and art.
Music to your eyes
First of all: make sure to watch the movie in (at least) HD, because the cinematography is just mesmerizing. And surprising. And breathtaking. One could pick a scene randomly, print it as a picture and put it on the wall. I couldn’t help myself crying out loud sentences like ‘Oh my God, that’s just crazy and amazing at the same time!’ or ‘What the hell?’ – all just because the pictures. Take a look at them:
The second best thing was the parade of weird characters: the levitating Buddhist monk, the dwarf mother who walks her prostitute daughter to work, the masseuse who doesn’t like to talk and dances to video games in her free time, or the couple who never talks, but has wild sex in the forest. And that’s just the beginning…
Our other senses are fed as well: the music is unique, I wanted to listen to it again right after the ending credits. It fits just right to the decadent and pompous world shown in the movie. And I loved that the last piece – and the last scene – left the viewer empty-handed, asking for more. Perfect.
The nonexistent story of ‘Youth’
‘Youth’ tells the story of… well… it’s kind of difficult to summarize it, because except for the ending, there’s not much action or story in this movie. It rather gives us a look inside the world of the extremely rich and old. A world where everyone tries desperately to seize the day, since the future is quite disappointing. No more goals to reach, no more dreams to make come true – only death is waiting at the end of the road. It must be a horrible and paralyzing feeling, but this film shows life can be so much more than that.
We see the friendship of two men who deal with this life crisis in two different ways. Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) is a retired conductor and composer who tries to escape his conscience by avoiding living. His friend, the famous director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) spends the summer on working on his new film, his wannabe testament and masterpiece. In the end both of them have to face reality again and we got to see how they work their way through it. You’ll be surprised – again and again.
And don’t you think you’ll be bored! The witty dialogues and surprising scenes will entertain you all along.
Stop what you’re doing and go and watch this movie.