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Youth Without Youth (2007)

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A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in World War II Europe, a professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.

Writers:

Mircea Eliade (novel), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Roth ... Dominic Matei
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Veronica / Laura / Rupini
Bruno Ganz ... Prof. Roman Stanciulescu
André Hennicke ... Dr. Josef Rudolf
Marcel Iures ... Prof. Giuseppe Tucci
Alexandra Pirici ... Woman in Room 6
Adrian Pintea ... Pandit
Florin Piersic Jr. ... Dr. Gavrila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mircea Albulescu ... Davidoglu
Dan Astileanu Dan Astileanu ... Professor (as Dan Astilean)
Cristian Balint Cristian Balint ... Grenzschutz
Dragos Bucur ... Bartender
Zoltan Butuc Zoltan Butuc ... Dr. Chirila
Theodor Danetti Theodor Danetti ... Dr. Neculache
Andrei Gheorghe ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Christmas Eve, 1937, Piatra Neamt, Romania: Dominic Matei, a 70-year-old professor, contemplates suicide. The love of his life is dead, and he remains unable to complete his life's work on the origins of language. On April 24th 1938, Easter Sunday, he takes a train to Bucharest to kill himself, but suddenly he's struck by lightning. After a slow recovery, he miraculously grows younger and gains superhuman powers. WWII breaks out and Romania's fascist dictator Ion Antonescu cooperates with Adolf Hitler. Matei must escape to Switzerland, because Nazi scientists want to use his powers...Some years later, he meets a woman who has her own passage through a lightning storm. Not only does Dominic find love again, but her new abilities hold the key to his research...Coppola's adaptation of Mircea Eliade's surreal novella is a mysterious, romantic, melancholic and humorous journey to the outer limits of space, time and identity. Dreams become reality and reality feels like a dream... Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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USA | Romania | France | Italy | Germany

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme sans âge See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,550, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$244,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,624,759
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Francis Ford Coppola said that Youth Without Youth (2007) was one of the five best experiences doing a film in his life. He is very fond of the results: "Yes, I was very pleased with it, and of course I was working with my longtime collaborator Walter Murch, and I think the film is really beautiful in the way it looks and was edited and the music and everything." [Feb.2008] See more »

Goofs

The panoramic x ray shown when the teeth of the main character start to change is obviously from a 12 years old person as are clearly visible temporal molars (that are not present in adults) and their adult successors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dominic: [voice over] Sometimes... I admit to myself that it's possible... I will never be able to finish my life's work. My one and only book. And that in the end... without her... I will be nothing. And I will die alone.
[cries]
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Connections

References Superman (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Middle Village
Written by Lev Zhurbin (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin)
Performed by Lev Zhurbin (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin) on viola and Balogh, Kálmán (cymbalom)
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User Reviews

 
Cinamtic Brilliance
28 April 2008 | by dani-244See all my reviews

I was surprised and fortunate to find a movie of this caliber by chance, since I'd never heard of the release; at first, I actually thought it was an old movie, one that I hadn't seen.

I' am bewildered and frankly frightened by the obscene IMDb rating of "6.6" - the current evaluation of this movie, by the audiences frequenting these boards - a prime example of the fact that taste is a controversial matter.

Albeit, this movie isn't for everyone; if you regard the world as being a solved puzzle, if you've figured it all out; what it's all about, if nothing mystifies or captivates your senses and entelechy, if you are utterly unenchanted by the magical and mysterious nature of reality, this movie will be a huge disappointment for you. Please don't watch it, since it's not made for you, and hence, you will distort the perception of the movie. In-fact, if any of the latter apply, don't watch this movie, it will only bring grieve.

The movie is stunning in its appearance, the characters are believable, the story is uncompromising, relentless, of an epic nature, and the atmosphere is hypnotic and enchanting.

I was sucked into the world of this strange professor.

I only regard the ending as being less then perfect; however, such movies are never easy to end.

An essential and unique experience.


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