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.
What an intriguing movie. It is not a fast-paced one, that’s for sure. It flows like a dream or, at times, a drug-induced hallucination.
When 70 year old Dominic Matei is struck by lightning, instead of dying, he rejuvenates. Not only that but he seems to have gained the ability of never ageing, so we accompany him throughout different times and places, watching him deal with his new abilities while having to make difficult decisions. When he meets Veronica things take an even more bizarre turn.
I was not sure what to make of Dominic. He certainly seemed to handle all the weirdness that was happening to him quite easily and some things did feel like devices to get the movie going in a certain direction, such as the fact that he would find such a nice doctor that would do anything for him and how the heck could he support such a lifestyle through the years if he wanted to remain low key? Where did his money come from, to what extent did he use his powers?
The story became so focused on the supernatural things happening to him and the people chasing him to their own advantage that I failed to see the man behind it all.
The resolution towards the end seemed rushed and nonsensical. The last scene was quite touching, though.
In the end, Youth Without Youth is definitely a thought-provoking movie that stands out from the rest but it is definitely not for everyone’s taste.