THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
Breakout Renate Reinsve took home the Cannes Best Actress prize for her luminous turn in this dramedy about a woman struggling to find her way creatively and romantically.
After a series of false starts and zig-zagging career paths, Julie (Reinsve) finds herself on the cusp of her 30s with little sense of direction. After taking up with Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), a successful comic book artist several years her senior, Julie begins to chafe against his desire to settle down. A series of impulsive decisions leads Julie to Eivind (Herbert Nordrum), a sweet-natured barista with a similarly laissez-faire attitude. But fate intervenes in unexpected ways, making it hard for Julie to make a clean break. Over the course of 12 chapters, director Joachim Trier (THELMA, PFF26), follows Julie from partner to partner and creative pursuit to creative pursuit, capturing the restlessness of the moment when one’s carefree 20s are in the rearview mirror yet the responsibilities of adulthood feel impossibly daunting. Forming a loose, thematically related trilogy with Trier’s exuberant Reprise and more somber Oslo, August 31, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD deftly melds the strengths of its predecessors, resulting in a work that’s by turns sexy, melancholy, effervescent, crowd pleasing and familiarly human.
CAST: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum,
Maria Grazia Di Meo
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