Youth Without Youth

Youth Without Youth

DVD - 2008
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Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth stars Tim Roth as Dominic Matei, an aging professor of linguistics who finds his youth miraculously restored after surviving a cataclysmic event. Dominic's physical rejuvenation and apparent immortality is matched by a highly evolved intellect, which attracts the attention of Nazi scientists, forcing him into exile. While on the run, he reunites with his lost love, Laura, and works to complete his research into the origins of human language. When his research threatens Laura's health, Dominic is forced to choose between his life's work and the great love of his life.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [c2008].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781424883172
1424883172
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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theorbys Jul 08, 2012

Coppola gets an extra half star for mood and atmosphere, and for the handling of the double theme, but the whole thing is rambling, vague, and overlong. If you have so little to say it seems to me you could say it in 90 minutes rather than 2 hours. Half way through the film it loses the psychological validity it tries to have as our hero, supposedly the next step in human evolution, becomes more and more ordinary. The ending is more gimmicky than mystifying. Some serious editing might have made this a 3 or 3.5 star film.

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joseph
Jul 22, 2008

Skip it. Coppola's fist outing in while doesn't live up to expectations. The 1st half of the picture is intriging as you try to discover what's happening to the Tim Roth character after the violent bolt of lightening he receives at the start of the picture. The problem shows itself half way through the film when he discovers a woman who looks like his first great love; why? Because it becomes very muddled, difficult to follow and you keep asking yourself "who cares anymore". Tim Roth has always played the antagonist in most pictures - here, he's the protagonist and I found myself trying to empathize with the man. Maybe it was because Coppola changed scenes as I was about to begin to feel for the character. Hope Coppola's next picture is better.

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Jul 22, 2008

joseph thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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