Adam’s review published on Letterboxd:
My first screening of TIFF 21!
This film is so complex, warm, empathetic, and critical. I’m not even close to where Julie is in the film, but her emotional experiences feel somehow universal. Every performance hits all the right notes, obviously from the spectacular Renate Reinsve.
I want to watch more Joachim Trier. He directed Julie’s story with an emphasis on growth and sensitivity towards Julie’s experiences. I adored how he filled the apartment spaces. And the show-stopping, scene-freezing romantic encounter Julie has halfway through the film is a testament to his skill. That scene of her running through the frozen Oslo is enough to earn him awards recognition.
Also: the soundtrack slaps.
Also Also: I was left with an aching in my stomach when the film ended but also a sense of hope? It was a perfect ending in a way I can’t describe. A knockout!