Youth is wasted on the old

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - TARA BRADY

mid­dle­brow­ism of The Dream­ers, Me and You plays out a near-miss, quasi-in­ces­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship be­tween a thor­oughly un­like­able 14-year-old and his older, dru­gad­dicted half sis­ter.

We meet Lorenzo (Ja­copo Olmo Anti­nori) as he hatches a plan to skip out on a school ski trip, spend the money on an ant farm, and hide out in the aban­doned base­ment of the build­ing where his enor­mously priv­i­leged dys­func­tional fam­ily re­side. His well-pre­served tro­phy wife mom (So­nia Berga­m­asco) of­fers him a new GNU board for the va­ca­tion but is rewarded with her son’s queasy sex­ual “com­pli­ments”.

Lorenzo is soon joined in his el­e­gantly distressed refuge by his el­e­gantly distressed half-sis­ter (Tea Falco) as she “en­dures” an el­e­gantly distressed detox­i­fi­ca­tion away from an un­likely smack habit. Pic­ture Home Alone if Joe Pesci was a dropdead gor­geous 20-some­thing girl.

Ev­ery­thing about the film’s youth­ful vigour is bo­gus. This is an older gen­tle­man’s film set in what one can’t help but feel is no coun­try for old men. It makes one think of Ber­tolucci’s fel­low Ital­ian, Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni.

We want to like the 72-year-old di­rec­tor’s late films: we re­ally do. He has, af­ter all, au­thored some of the great­est movies ever made. But he ain’t mak­ing it easy.

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