Youth Without Youth

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Released 2007

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Youth Without Youth, released in 2007, was the first film Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now") directed after a ten-year layoff. The film, based on a novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade, touches themes about how time and consciousness are illusions, but can also be viewed as a mysterious love story. The plot concerns Dominic (Tim Roth), a 70-year-old professor who, after being struck by lightning, actually begins to grow younger. This being the run-up to the Second World War, the Nazis want to experiment on Dominic and chase him across the world, through exotic locales like Malta, Romania and India. Along the way, Dominic meets Veronica (Alexandra Maria Lara) who has also been struck by lightning, with reverse effect: Veronica is growing old both physically and linguistically, speaking ancient languages like Sanskrit. One critic praised Youth Without Youth for its experimental visuals and said Coppola had found "new ways of making meaning."

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    In this film Mr. Coppola blurs dreams and everyday life and suggests that through visual and narrative experimentation he has begun the search for new ways of making meaning, new h...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Ultimately, Youth Without Youth is more intriguing than it is satisfying. It hooks you, then lets you flounder.

  • 40

    Variety

    Attempting to harness multiple genres, pic is brought down by ponderous dialogue (much of it dubbed) and an inability to connect with its characters.

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Drama

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Love & Romance