Rent Youth (2015)

3.1 of 5 from 404 ratings
1h 59min
Rent Youth (aka La Giovinezza) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Fred and Mick, two old friends now approaching eighty, are on holiday together in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer, is resisting attempts to revive his greatest work, while elderly film director Mick (Harvey Keitel) is desperate to make a comeback movie starring his former favoured actress Brenda (Jane Fonda). The two friends reflect on their past, as they look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests, all of whom, it seems, have all the time that they lack.
Actors:
The Retrosettes, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Vincent Wolterbeek
Directors:
Producers:
Carlotta Calori, Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano
Writers:
Paolo Sorrentino
Others:
David Lang
Aka:
La Giovinezza
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/05/2016
Run Time:
119 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • The BFI London Film Festival Featurette
  • Interview with Director Paolo Sorrentino
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/05/2016
Run Time:
124 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • The BFI London Film Festival Featurette
  • Interview with Director Paolo Sorrentino

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Reviews (11) of Youth

Confused, confusing, pretentious but packed with great actors - Youth review by PV

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13/06/2016

This is one of those pretentious films directed by a European director (Italy) with one eye on Cannes.

But I grow really tired of such navel-gazing auteur movies. Much of this film is confused and confusing - utterly pretentious at times too.

It would have been far better if the story had been told in a traditional way - the acting talent here (Paul Dano, Michael Caine etc) are wasted.

However, some parts are good - so if you just ignore the pretentious arty vignettes peppered throughout, it's an OK watch. Those pretentious bits are SO irritating though. They are the cinematic equivalent of waffle in an essay - as are gratuitous images of naked women!

So, worth a watch BUT not worth the praise some give it (or this director).

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Painfully Slow - Youth review by RG

Spoiler Alert
23/10/2016

The title to this review sums up the film in its entirety. Slow and very boring , its only the last 5 minutes that the film appears to come alive. Sugestion ......... give it a miss.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Lovely art house film - Youth review by DH

Spoiler Alert
24/11/2016

It's a moving, thought provoking film, beautifully acted by all concerned and with a great soundtrack. Worth watching for the scenery and setting also. All the great themes were there: friendship, love, ageing, death, talent, artistic integrity. Serious themes presented with a light touch of humour. Wonderful.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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