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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM | SEVEN DAYS - TB

Di­rected by Paolo Sor­rentino. Star­ring Michael Caine, Har­vey Kei­tel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano

It’s all go at an ex­clu­sive Swiss re­sort where an age­ing com­poser (Caine) de­bates whether to ac­cept an of­fer to play for Queen El­iz­a­beth II. His best friend (Kei­tel), a film-maker, works with a team of writ­ers and awaits the ar­rival of his for­mer muse (Fonda). Sor­rentino’s fol­low-up to the vastly su­pe­rior The Great Beauty plays like a pale shadow of its pre­de­ces­sor. Too busy. Too un­fo­cused. But it looks and sounds lovely. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 124 min

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