Youth Tuesday, 07 July 2020


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)


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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).


    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.


    Much of the brilliance is momentary.

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