Youth Sunday, 17 November 2019

Youth

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong nudity and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    An orchestra of Simple Songs.

  • Starring:

    Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Alex Macqueen, Paloma Faith, Ed Stoppard, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Sumi Jo

  • Directed by:

    Paolo Sorrentino

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide (jumping; implied). People are slapped, kicked, pushed. A man dresses as Adolf Hitler, a table is thumped in anger. A music video shows dangerous driving, explosions, burning building, fire breathing, burning skin. Minor vehicle collision. A girl yells at her mother. Screaming. Stealing mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood extraction, hypodermic needle filled with blood, woman covered in blood (theatrical). Bloody mouth, collar. Oxygen/breathing tank. Slipped in the bath/broken femur mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have sex against a tree. Full-frontal male and female nudity (lots). People in towels, swimwear, skimpy clothing, underwear, low-cut gowns. Cleavage, shirtless men, undressing. References to sexual desire/performance, orgasm. Two elderly men leer at a nude woman. A young girl leaves an older man's hotel room (sex/prostitution implied). A music video contains provocative movements/dancing. Homosexuality/sexual experimentation mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (a man pops a champagne cork). Smoking. Gambling (friendly bets). A print article mentions surgery "without drugs". A man buys medication from a pharmacy. Getting drunk, snorting coke, morphine, alcoholic grandmother, drug rehab mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory terms for women. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Life, friendship, ageing, music, levity, apathy, massage, scriptwriting, filmmaking, divorce, marriage, memory, bad dreams, mountaineering, fear, levitation, regrets, retirement, father-daughter relationships, love, fame.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged wife/mother. Plane, cemetery settings. Cattle, flock of birds, caged bird, dog (background), plane, lightning, thunder. Poultry/fowl leg eaten. Some Italian (subtitles), brief German (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Whimsical, intelligent, keen-witted, sensory, sharp, light, lush, nimble, vivacious, mature, refreshing, tender, funny, melancholy, glorious, masterful, impressionistic, lively, stylized, elegant, gorgeous, sweet-natured. Memorable performances, evocative lensing, ravishing/beautiful images, bracing soundtrack, delightfully unexpected interludes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Much of the brilliance is momentary.

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