Cole Smithey - Capsules: Youth Without Youth
 
FILM REVIEWS
CAPSULE REVIEWS
INTERVIEWS
FILM BLOG
ARTICLES
TECHNOLOGY
SUBSCRIBE

« Grace is Gone | Main | Awake »

Youth Without Youth


YouthwithoutyouthFrancis Coppola’s gasping adaptation of Mircea Eliade’s out-of-print novella should provide the tipping point at which audiences start recognize the exasperated genre of magical realism that has crept into modern film vernacular with a vengeance. Never before has so much plot (the synopsis took five pages in the press notes) rendered so little narrative movement. Suicidal 70-year-old Dominic Matei (Tim Roth) is interrupted from his 1938 Easter Sunday plans in Romania by a lightening bolt that strikes him as he crosses a street. The event has the unlikely result of making Matei younger by 30 years, and it isn’t long before the Nazis are trying to kidnap the most valuable man in the world. Dominic discovers an evil twin to whom he frequently seeks advice in the midst of finishing his life’s work, a study of the origin of languages. Enter Veronica (Alexandra Maria Lara) who suffers a lightening strike that causes her to identify herself as "Rupini," a 7th-century disciple of Chandrakirti who speaks in ancient tongues that Matei records before realizing that she is aging at a faster rate due to his presence. For a movie that Coppola envisioned as salvation for his waning career, "Youth Without Youth" is akin to watching a cat chase its tail. It’s cute for the first minute, then it’s time for something else.

Rated R. 121 mins. (D) (One Star)

 

Posted by Cole Smithey on November 24, 2007 in Drama | Permalink
Save to del.icio.us | Digg This

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c2b7953ef00e54fa08e618834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Youth Without Youth:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Post a comment