Movies, Reviews

Film review – Youth

Sprawling, surreal and colourful (my filmcrit 101 thesaurus suggests ‘Felliniesque) Youth is set in a super-plush, beyond five star, luxury hotel-slash-spa-slash-retreat in the Swiss Alps. A variety of characters enter into the orbit of two elderly friends, Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) a retired composer and conductor and Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) a less retired film director. The two men have known each other for so long that their rambling philosophical conversations revolve around two main subjects. Their inability to remember if Mick slept with a woman Fred coveted in their youth, and comparing prostate issues. Continue reading