Monday, March 3, 2008

Youth without Youth

Movie name: Youth without Youth
Year of release: 2007
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Matt Damon, André Hennicke, Marcel Iures
Genre: Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 5

After 10 years without directing a film - his last effort was "The Rainmaker" in 1997 - Francis Ford Coppola returns to films in a smaller scope, something that he always wanted to pursue, but that the success of "The Godfather" trilogy prevented him from following. I personally consider Francis Coppola one of the great directors alive, one of the great visionaries in films - he's daring, has always tried to utilize the best means possible to create cinematic experiences as memorable as possible. "Youth without Youth" however strikes me as failed experiment on his part - the film is not without it's merit, but if feels muddled in it's approach and heavy in the symbolism. Tim Roth always a great actor creates an interesting and complex character, but the object of his affection, Veronica, played by the beautiful Alexandra Maria Lara (who was much better in Anton Corjin's "Control"), feels underwritten and underdeveloped. This is a film that tries to capture the feeling of films done in the 60's and 70's (even in it's philosophical quest), yet it doesn't really connect with the audience - it feels too much a prisoner of the times it tries to emulate. See it with some reservations.