The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★

Truly something special here. Moved me in ways that I did not know I could be moved. Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World is an account of the hypocrisy and unreasonable standards we hold ourselves and each other too. The films hyperbolic title is a character in itself, playing on the fact that we cannot control how the outside world views our actions and the decisions we make, even if we consider them in a binary of right or wrong.

Through the chronicle of Julie’s life, Joachim allows the audience to experience life as what it should be. The oddity of the film and its title actually comes specifically from the audience and our expectations of characters to always do the right thing. But deep down we all know that the truth is, it is okay to change your mind, it is okay to not want things that others have, and most importantly, it is okay to put yourself first. Although Joachim addresses many of these aspects in the film, he also understands the ladder: everything and everyone is out of our control, and they can come and go from our lives as they please.

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