Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Worst Person in the World (Norway: Joachim Trier, 2021)





 The Worst Person in the World (Norway: Joachim Trier, 2021: 128 mins)

Carrassco, Salvador. "Anatomy of a Breakup or Her Life to Fix: The Worst Person in the World." Senses of Cinema #103 (October 2022)

Gruder, Susannah. "The Worst Person in the World." Reverse Shot (February 3, 2022)


Lie, Anders Danielson, Renate Reinsve, and Joachim Trier. "The Worst Person in the World." Film at Lincoln Center #384 (February 2022) ["As proven in such exacting stories of lives on the edge as Reprise and Oslo, August 31, Norwegian director Joachim Trier is singularly adept at giving an invigorating modern twist to classically constructed character portraits. Trier catapults the viewer into the world of his most spellbinding protagonist yet: Julie, played by Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsve, who’s the magnetic center of nearly every scene. After dropping out of pre-med, Julie must find new professional and romantic avenues as she navigates her late-twenties, juggling emotionally heavy relationships with two very different men (Trier regular Anders Danielsen Lie and engaging newcomer Herbert Nordrum). Fluidly told in 12 discrete chapters, Trier’s film elegantly depicts the precarity of identity and the mutability of happiness in our runaway contemporary world."]

O'Malley, Sheila. "The Worst Person in the World: Lost and Found." Current (June 28, 2022) ["Idleness” is a grave sin, perhaps the gravest, in a world where the answer to “What do you do?” is more important than the answer to “How are you?” Whatever it is that you “do” must fit into the appropriate container for your age and life phase. Everyone agrees you need ambition, goals, a plan. But what happens if your timeline doesn’t match up with expectations? What if you want to keep your options open? What if you are baffled at the idea of having to make a choice and stick to it for all time? What if you legitimately do not know what you want? Julie (Renate Reinsve), the woman on the cusp of thirty who stumbles and cavorts her way through Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World (2021), experiences all these questions, sometimes simultaneously. Saying “I don’t know”—as she often does—is seen as fickle, indecisive, but maybe Julie’s idleness is creating a clear enough surface for the “submerged truth” that Virginia Woolf describes, however eccentric it may be, to rise. It’s the rare film that allows a character to just be, loosing her from the constraints of plot, giving her a huge playground—here, the city of Oslo—in which to think, question, make mistakes, behave poorly, course-correct, all while having no idea what she’s doing or why."]

Pugh, Lindsay. "Renate Reinsve: ‘I wanted her to be strong in the chaos.'" Seventh Row (January 19, 2022)












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