Verdens verste menneske [The Worst Person in the World] (2021)

Verdens verste menneske
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, Hans Olav Brenner, Helene Bjørneby, Vidar Sandem, Ine Jansen
Seen on: 7.6.2022

Plot:
Julie (Renate Reinsve) is impulsive – she changed her career trajectory several times, and she also didn’t really settly down with a guy. Until she met Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), a comic artist a good decade older than her. As Julie tries to stick with him and with becoming a photographer, it seems questionable, though, whether she’s really able to do so.

Verdens verste menneske stretches out a little long, but it always comes back to inventive and sensitive filmmaking that makes the drawn-out parts worth it.

The film poster showing Julie (Renate Reinsve) running along the street with a big grin.
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Louder Than Bombs (2015)

Louder Than Bombs
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cast: Gabriel ByrneJesse Eisenberg, Devin DruidIsabelle HuppertDavid StrathairnAmy RyanRachel BrosnahanRuby JerinsMegan Ketch
Seen on: 14.1.2016

Plot:
It’s been three years that war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) died in a car crash. An upcoming exhibition of her work that will come with an article by her colleague and friend Richard Weissman (David Strathairn) in which he will out her death as a suicide, brings the unresolved tension her death caused in the Reed family to the foreground again: her widower Gene is struggling with rebuilding his life, but especially with his relationship with his sons: his younger son Conrad (Devin Druid) is withdrawn and doesn’t know that his mother most likely killed herself. Gene’s older son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) comes to town to sort through his mother’s unpublished photos, also conveniently escaping his own life for a while. All three have very different opinions not only on what Isabelle was like, but also how they should deal with her death.

Louder than Bombs tries to be many things at once and maybe it tries a little too much. But even though there is a flightiness about it where it would have needed more decisiveness, it is an engaging film.

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