The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★

I'm a sucker for films that are structured in chapters, and The Worst Person in the World uses that ploy very well, making clear the points it wants to get across and driving its narrative forward, while at the same time diving deeper into the places it wants to go into. I also liked its use of narration in a way that it sometimes distances the audience from the action, by narrating the dialogue between characters as we hear them speak it in the background.

Renate Reinsve is very good as the flighty lead character Julie, but even more so than her, Anders Danielsen Lie deserves every bit of praise he is getting for his performance as Aksel, the comic book artist who loves Julie despite their differences in age and personality.

Also, I didn't realize this until I started watching the film, but The Worst Person in the World is actually the first film by Joachim Trier that I am watching. I was a bit surprised, as I have been aware of him for many years, but apparently that was mainly in the context of me thinking "Oh, that other Nordic director called Trier" rather than me actually watching his films. I will probably have to catch up with his filmography soon.

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