Youth ★★

Most of the problems with "Youth" can be traced back to it's script. For starters, writer-director Paolo Sorrentino desperately needs a native English speaking co-writer/script advisor, because this dialogue is unbelievably stilted. But the real problem with this screenplay is that it is very unfocused; Sorrentino has several promising bare-bones ideas that are never fully explored. The cast, especially Keitel, is really trying, but its kind of heartbreaking to watch these actors put so much effort into a film that just isn't worth it. The production values are expectedly strong (especially Luca Bigazzi's gorgeous cinematography), and there are a handful of impressive scenes, but this was a big disappointment overall.

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