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Youth, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, December 4, stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, and Rachel Weisz. The film focuses on a theme of the eternal struggle between age and youth, life and death.
Deadline writes that it brings two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda “back in the hunt,” nearly 30 years after her last nomination. Ironically, it was for her role as an actress, just as she plays in Youth, in 1986’s The Morning After.
The film, perhaps, brings back a bit of Fonda’s own youth, as it does for leading actors Harvey and Michael. The latter of which confessed to Variety that he’d already retired from acting – although at the same time, he admitted that it’s difficult for him to say “no” to a really good movie role.
At the premiere of the film on December 1 at the Directors Guild Theater in L.A., Michael said, “I’ve mentally retired, but I keep getting these scripts that I can’t refuse,” adding, “Now, I don’t have a job. I don’t have a script or anything and it would take something incredible to get me out of bed in the morning.”
The English actor describes “Youth,” as something that managed to do just that.
Michael’s character, Fred Ballinger, is a retired composer-conductor vacationing in the Swiss Alps, while Rachel plays his daughter, Lena.
The actress told Vanity Fair that she believes the story is about, “how a soul can become old and still find his youth, a future to look towards.”
Harvey, like Caine, also says that his work “keeps him young and out of retirement,” while Fonda, echoes the words of her co-stars, noting that youthfulness is all about attitude.
The 77-year-old actress remarked, “By my 20’s and 30’s I was really old; I’m so young now spiritually in my soul. I’ve managed to fight cynicism and stay open and curious so now I feel kind of like a novice.”
The film about “old artists,” the Hollywood Reporter writes, is a “voluptuary’s feast, a full-body immersion in the sensory pleasures of the cinema.” A.V. Club calls it “music for the eyes.”