Unlike other recent films about old people like "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Youth" is not played for laughs at elders as they try to live a little more before death. "Youth" offers more substance as it looks back and forth at two men's careers, one in films, the other in music.
A film entitled "The Great Beauty" should be one, and this one certainly is. It is also dark, both in terms of light and insight. Its beauty is not sweeping vistas or aerial shots of quilt-like fields or close-ups on tiaras in vitrines; the film's beauty is a metaphor.
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has a unique style and attitude on display in "This Must Be the Place," starring Sean Penn as depressed rock and roll legend Cheyenne. Quirky and clever, Cheyenne holds forth on the meaning of life even as he seems on the verge of giving up on it.