Youth Without Youth (2007, imdb)
Drama, Philosophy, Wonder
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Mircea Eliade (novel), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
This guy Francis Ford Coppola eh? He’s made one of the movies on the extremely short list of films considered to be one of the if not the best movie ever by critics and plebeians alike: The Godfather (and it’s sequel). So what does one do with that? It’s difficult to discern what motivates Coppola but it is not a fear of criticism and it is not playing it safe. Thus we get a movie like this: Youth Without Youth. Starring the often excellent Tim Roth and veiled in mystery and wonder, it may, while it’s decidedly beyond decent™, be too richly steeped in philosophy and literary aspirations, be too meandering and perhaps too demanding of the viewer to be for everyone. “Pretentious” is a word being thrown around in reviews but that I’ve come to view that as simply being a promising sign.
The movie is based on Romanian philosopher, novelist and historian of religions Mircea Eliade 1907 – April 22, 1986) novel with the same name.