Cole Patten’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Worst Person in the World is apparently a conclusion to a trilogy of films from filmmaker Joachim Trier, meaning I will have to watch the first two because the finale was incredible.
The film is primarily a character study of the protagonist, Julie, and one of her love interests, Aksel, as they struggle to find their place in the world. The prologue perfectly sets the stage for the rest of the film by portraying Julie changing from medical student to psychology student to photographer while similarly changing from one love interest to another.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand what exactly you want, or why you want it, or why you do any of the things you do. This is masterfully explored in The Worst Person in the World along with other themes such as the changing societal expectations for today’s ‘youth’, and ultimately mortality.
Trier’s The Worst Person in the World is undoubtedly one of the most emotional films I have ever seen and to me it deserves every bit of the credit it has gotten. It is a film that is more or less about being and the consequences and difficulties of being, and what more could you ask for ?