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Francis Ford Coppola returns to the realm of his mastery with a new film about growing young. A bolt of lightning strikes Dominic Matei (Tim Roth) so close to death that he begins to age backwards. When he grows from 70 to 40 in a week, he draws the attention of the Nazis and the world. Now he's running for his life with a new love and no hope of knowing his phenomenal fate.


Studio Sony
SKU 207388611
UPC 043396225282
UPC 14 00043396225282
Format DVD
Release Date 1/4/2011
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Roth,Tim
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Cast & Crew
Alexandra Maria Lara - Actor
Andre Hennicke - Actor
Bruno Ganz - Actor
Calin Papura - Production Designer
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Francis Ford Coppola - Screenplay
Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Fred Roos - Executive Producer
Mihai Malaimare, Jr. - Cinematographer
Mircea Eliade - Based On Novella By
Mircea Onisoru - Art Director
Osvaldo Golijov - Original Music By
Ruxandra Ionica - Art Director
Tim Roth - Actor
Walter Murch - Editor
Nominee (2008) Independent Spirit, Mihai Malaimare, Jr., Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit (2008) Mihai Malaimare, Jr., Nominee, Best Cinematography
Review I try to be tolerant when people insist on telling me about their dreams. You know what I'm talking about: a well-meaning friend, in the throes of self-discovery, tries to explain this revelatory dream he had the night before where he was back in grade school, but it was really his parents' living room, and his teacher wasn't actually his teacher at all, but rather his ex-girlfriend from five years ago. When faced with this situation, I try not to change the subject too abruptly. After all, the dream-sharer is a friend. I ought to humor his compulsion to find meaning in nonsense...I had a similar feeling while watching Francis Ford Coppola's newest movie, Youth Without Youth. Since he started making films in the late '60s, Coppola has given moviegoers more intense pleasures than perhaps any other American director. Films such as The Conversation, The Godfather, The Godfather II, and Apocalypse Now all stand as epic achievements of modern cinema. His more recent films--like Jack and The Rainmaker--are in no way recognizable as the work of a genius, but his past greatness inclines me to cut him some slack when he's struggling to say something. And Coppola is definitely struggling to say something in Youth Without Youth. It's a shame, then, that what he manages to get out is so incoherent and banal, so much like a clueless friend's stupid dream.
Reviewer Matt Mckillop
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Youth Without Youth" proves that Francis Ford Coppola can still make a movie, but not that he still knows how to choose his projects. The film is a sharp disappointment to those who have been waiting for 10 years since the master's last film. The best that can be hoped is that, having made a film, Coppola has the taste again, and will go on to make many more, nothing like this...Coppola found this story in a novella by the Romanian-born Mircea Eliade, for many years a scholar of religious history at the University of Chicago. It is possible to see how the movie might have been simplified and clarified into an entertainment along the lines of "Time After Time," but Coppola seems to positively embrace the obscurity and impenetrability of the material...There is such a thing as a complex film that rewards additional viewing and study, but "Youth Without Youth," I am afraid, is no more than it seems: a confusing slog through metaphysical murkiness. That it is so handsomely photographed and mounted, and acted with conviction, only underlines the narrative confusion...We know from interviews that the story means a great deal to Coppola, now at the same age as his protagonist. But his job is to make it mean a great deal to us. He is a great filmmaker, and I am sure this film is only a deep, shuddering breath before he makes another masterpiece.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Roth,Tim
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, The New York Times ...the work of a master. A curious blend of romance, mystery and philosophical speculation.
Box Office Magazine ...visual panache, daring technique, terrific performances from a cast that mixes established actors with relative unknowns -- are all on offer here.
Karen Durbin, Elle Magazine ...Coppola's first movie in a decade. The gorgeous, time-travelling Youth Without Youth is worth the wait.
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine Boldly romantic and seductively cinematic.
Uncut ...a complex story dealing with the flows of time and inner consciousness.
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