written by Souranath Banerjee
‘You say that emotions are overrated. But that’s bullshit. Emotions are all we’ve got.‘
My Ratings: 4.4/5.
And recently, the eminent director’s next venture got revealed, Youth.
A highly anticipated film casting Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda among others. It was screened at the JIO MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival and indeed, the film lived up to its expectations and much more.
Nominated for the acclaimed Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film (as the name suggests) glorifies Youth and also, in a more subtle way manages to humor and honor Old age!
Set in the backdrop of an exotic hotel at the foot of the Alps, the story revolves around two friends Fred, the renowned composer and Mick, the famous film director (Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel), who are on a vacation, reminiscing and contemplating about the little details of their lives.
Their friendship is almost as old as they are; and moreover Fred’s daughter (Rachel Weisz) is married to Mick’s son. But instead of getting involved into the chaos and confusion of their children’s lives, they prefer to indulge in their past, precisely in the days of their youth.
Those wistful memories, the remembrance of many laughter and amusements, some unfinished arguments and a few age old secrets never to be unlocked.
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be!
And then of course, with the arrival of the sensuous Miss Universe (Madalina Diana Ghenea), youth is envied and relived at the same time!
The film also boasts of Paul Dano playing a celebrated actor observing people for a particularly challenging future role, Rachel Weisz as the ‘daughter’ going through an emotional turmoil, a brilliant short yet powerful appearance of Jane Fonda and interestingly enough, a tribute to the football legend Maradona played by Roly Serrano.
With a hint of surrealism, the film flows through various emotions, often spoken and mostly felt.
Though I personally liked The Great Beauty better than Youth but never the less, this is Cinema at its highest form!
Young or old, you must not miss Youth at any cost.
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