Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola returns to the director's chair after a ten-year hiatus with this adaptation of Romanian author Mircea Eliade's tome detailing the arduous journey of a professor whose life is thrown into chaos as World War II looms ominously on the horizon. When the 70-year-old scholar is struck by lightning, his age begins to reverse as his mind grows infinitely more brilliant. Now determined to understand the origins of language and consciousness, the fugitive professor leads authorities on a wild chase through Romania, Switzerland, Malta, and India. Tim Roth, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Marcel Iures star in an ambitious low-budget drama trumpeted by Zoetrope as a "return to personal filmmaking" for the revered Godfather director. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This is a movie that you have to truly have time to sit and pay attention. My husband loved it. I like it less but it was entertaining. There is a lot of foreign languages and sometimes you know what's happening without the words. A lot of whispering too. This movie has a lot going on in it and you are kind of left on your own with interpretations. All and all a good story, camera usage, settings, and directing.
I picked up this movie without knowing anything about it, but thought it could not be that bad as it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Boy was I wrong. Its slow, boring, and very hard to follow. I have to say I fell alseep watching this movie after about 80 minutes.
Don't waste your time on this junk.