‘Youth’

youth-movie-posterFrustrating. At times, sublimely beautiful as the camera pans past half-submerged bathers perfectly lined up at the edge of the pool: other times completely art-house baffling – an airline stewardess standing in the middle of a Swiss Alpine meadow?

As with his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino explores the bizarre and surreal, reminiscent of Fellini, but without the masters’s wit or observational finesse.

In Youth, there’s lots of ‘moments’ but precious little depth. But Sorrentino certainly knows how to use music both in his narrative and as pure artifice.

Rating: 48%

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

poster_zoomThe latest from writer/director Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Apres Mai) is intelligent, thought-provoking and buoyed with fabulous, incredibly realistic performances from Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat) and (surprisingly) Kristen Stewart (the Twilight trilogy).

The¬†sparring of thoughts and opinions between the two women is riveting – as is the storyline itself of an ageing actress evaluating her career, forwards and backwards. And then there’s the beautiful location of the Swiss¬†Alps and Sils Maria.

Rating: 69%