Melancholic Youth Trailer Charts Michael Caine And Harvey Keitel’s Lasting Friendship


Fox Searchlight has unveiled the melancholic, yet oddly beautiful first trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two wise old pals seeking peace and quiet in the Swiss Alps.

Capturing some of the awe-inspiring landscape, Sorrentino’s feature is certainly easy on the eye, though the story itself will juxtapose this beauty with an innate scene of melancholy. As Fred (Caine) and Mick (Keitel) begin to reflect on their lives, the film seems to draw upon rich universal themes of growing old and appreciating the things we so often take for granted in life – such as the importance of a best friend.

Rachel Weisz is on board to play Fred’s daughter, who wants nothing more than her father to get back in shape – or, at the very least, welcome his respite with open arms. From her perspective, we begin to see the atypical friendship form between the two main leads, as the look at their creative careers through rose-tinted glasses. In fact, as Mick struggles to wrap up a screenplay for his ultimate feature, he calls upon Fred’s help to overcome his writer’s block. But ultimately, it’s the story of two men enjoying their twilight years that will underpin the narrative of Youth. Paul Dano and Jane Fonda also star.

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel will chase a fleeting sense of Youth when Paolo Sorrentino’s drama debuts on December 4.

From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner THE GREAT BEAUTY comes YOUTH, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.

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