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Monday, August 8, 2016

Youth (2015)

I liked this movie very much but I am not sure I entirely get it.  It definitely examines art and the effect that aging has on an artist, but beyond that I am not sure what to think of it.  Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel play two 80 year old friends who are at a remote spa in Switzerland.  Michael Caine plays a world renowned composer who has a lot of baggage to sort through at the end of his life.  He has a daughter who has mixed feelings about him.  She is resentful that he played around on her mother, and that there is no fixing that problem.  Her childhood was framed by that, as well as by her father's fame, and she is trying to let go of her anger with him and to move forward.  Keitel plays a director who has one muse, and actress played by Jane Fonda.  She flies to the spa to tell Keitel that his latest work is terrible and that she will not act in a movie with him again, and the aftermath is disastrous.  And surreal.  But that is par for the course in this movie that confronts many aspects of being at the end of your life.  It is a gritty picture of what that entails.

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