Wednesday 24 February 2016
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner The Great Beauty comes the ironically titled meditation on old age, Youth, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker.
While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines might be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.
Gorgeously filmed and beautifully acted, Youth offers an enticing – albeit flawed – opportunity to witness an impressive array of seasoned veterans combining their cinematic might.
Written & directed by Paolo Sorrentino
118 mins Drama
Fred (Caine) is a retired composer and orchestra conductor whose beloved wife, probably insane, is living in an institution in Venice; Fred is content to have left public life behind him, and when approached by an emissary from Buckingham Palace (Alex Macqueen) with the news that the Queen requires him to conduct one of his compositions for her and Prince Philip, he declines the honour. The reasons for this, when they are revealed, are particularly touching.
On the other hand, his best friend Mick (Keitel), a film director, is still active and planning a movie (Life’s Last Day) with a quartet of young writers. They’re all staying in a hotel in the Swiss Alps where Fred’s distraught daughter, Lena (Rachel Weisz), also visits, having been abandoned by her husband Julian (Ed Stoppard), Mick’s son, for a younger woman.
Sorrentino includes moments of Fellini-esque extravagance (for example, the Miss Universe who descends, naked, into the hotel swimming pool, or a scene in which Mick imagines all the female characters from his films) and the Fellini style of hyper-realism is also featured in a visit from Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda), the movie star Mick is confident will agree to act in his film, whose cruelly ravaged features provide the film’s most potent comment on old age and the passing of time.
The mood of resigned melancholy is offset by these visual flourishes, by the commanding performances of Caine and Keitel and by the film’s sumptuous music
score by David Lang. The finale is glorious, both musically and in the way the drama is resolved.
“Though a tenderly reflective tone is very carefully sustained throughout Youth, this beguiling mood piece is also pulsing with a restless energy that will keep viewers engaged and alert”. Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun
“Youth may not be as culturally specific as The Great Beauty or Sorrentino's other Italian-language films, but its universal
story of how to deal with the passing of time and with changing circumstances is told with precision and tender serenity”. David Stratton, The Australian
“Youth skilfully evokes the joy and melancholy of time as it passes, the yearning for new experience that drives us on even as
our ability to seize it wanes”. Anthony Morris, SBS.com.au
Short film festivals coming up at the J, Noosa Junction include Flickerfest on Friday 12 February and Ocean Film Festival on Friday 4 March. For details visit http://www.thej.com.au/pages/whats-on/whats-on.htm
The AGM of the Noosa Film Society will be held 9th March 2016 at 2:30pm at Noosa 5 Cinemas. At the meeting a new management committee will be elected.
If you would like to nominate for the committee or be involved in organising activities or events please contact David Reading on email@example.com.
Nominations for the committee will need to be lodged with the NFS Secretaryby Friday February 26th.
Eumundi World Cinema screens art house films once a month, February through to December at the Eumundi School of Arts hall. With supper before the film, and dessert at intermission (prepared by local chef John Hutcheon), EWC gives patrons a great opportunity to discuss the film with other film lovers. For further details visit http://www.eumundiworldcinema.com/
NT Live at Noosa Arts Theatre has cancelled its screening of Jane Eyre on 14/15 February. On 28/29 February The Importance of Being Ernest may screen,
depending on ticket sales. For information visit http://www.noosaartstheatre.org.au/
Individual tickets for the Met Opera series are now available. The Season highlights 10 exceptional operas and performances. For details contact the Noosa 5 Cinema box office. Don't miss Brooklyn now screening!
Screening dates for 2016: February: 10, 24, Monday 29 (6:30pm only); March: 9, 23, Monday
14 (6:30pm only); April: 13, 27; May: 11, 25; June: 8, 22; July: 13, 27; August: 10, 24; September: 14; October: 5, 19; November: 2, 16; December: 7.