Grant Paulsen’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I grew up in a time when culture was passed along through objects. They were interesting because we could live among them. We could pick them up. Hold them in our hands. Compare them. That's all I have. I spent my life doing that. Collecting all that stuff, comics, books... And I just continued, even when it stopped giving me the powerful emotions I felt in my early 20s. I continued anyway. And now it's all I have left. Knowledge and memories of stupid, futile things nobody cares about."
The Worst Person in the World (2021) is made a filmmaker who just gets it man. Joachim Trier goes so hard with this screenplay. There are multiple scenes that just absolutely overwhelmed me emotionally. There’s a long sequence in this film with no dialogue that evokes freedom and relief in the most perfect and beautiful way they could’ve possibly done with these characters. And on the opposite end there’s another sequence that evokes the main characters deepest and darkest fears in a very intense and revolting way that made me feel sick. Joachim Trier has proven himself to be an incredibly talented filmmaker capable of evoking strong and powerful emotion just through shot composition alone.
And not just that, Joachim Trier crafted what is easily one of the best screenplays of the year. The structure is very novel-esque, it’s told through a prologue, epilogue, and 12 chapters. It perfectly portrays the life of someone who doesn’t know what she wants out of life or who she is exactly. And someone who’s going through her life without a clear goal in mind, who jumps around and tries different things a lot, who doesn’t see things through. The entire film is a character study on her and I’d her character work is some of the best I’ve seen all year.
All of the acting is phenomenal, Renate Reinsve gives a performance that is on par with Kristen Stewart’s for best of the year. And this movie has what is easily one of if not the best third act I’ve seen in a movie this year. Every single character beat that was set up is paid off through some exceptional dialogue scenes with the two main characters. The only flaw I could come up with the amounts to a nitpick is that the prologue might’ve had a little too much narration accompanying it.
Beyond all the technical elements, there’s just so much in this film that rang true for me personally. I was not ready for how emotionally satisfying this film would be. This is now in my top 3 favorite films of the year.