Cos Aelenei
Owen Gleiberman
December 12, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Youth Without Youth

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/07
performer
Alexandra Maria Lara, Tim Roth, Bruno Ganz
director
Francis Ford Coppola
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Francis Ford Coppola
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Romance

We gave it a F

After 10 years, Francis Ford Coppola has returned. The real question is whether what he’s come back to is filmmaking. In this patchy and ponderous mystico-historical disaster, Tim Roth plays an old professor who regresses to his hardy adulthood after being struck by lightning. He’s doing ”research” on the origins of language, but who cares when Coppola, lurching through the post-war Romanian settings, has forgotten the language of storytelling? The movie is one soporific, depressed, deadeningly vague scene after another. F

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