The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★★

After my first viewing of this film, I find myself constantly thinking back on this funny, charming and melancholic film. I’m dumbfounded I didn’t know what to think or say when the credits started rolling. Going in I was expecting a funny and simple rom com, I’ll describe the synopsis real quick: Julie, who’s uncertain about her career and future, along with navigating and balancing relationships. It really sounds like your typical run of the mil rom-com, but no it has its own energy and vibe. I’ve experienced  an authentic, mature and realistic portray of a relationship. It’s easy to sympathize with Julie, she’s relatable whether or not your in the same stage of life she’s in, we’ve probably all been there whether it’s choosing or switching your college majors or navigating our relationships. This isn’t the type of film where you root for the main lead to go for this person or a particular outcome, it was unpredictable. I felt conflicted like Julie and in the end all I wanted for her was her happiness. I think it’s called Worst Person In the World because at times some of actions you commit have consequences that are bad or don’t know the outcome, pretty sure that’s what Julie feels. At times I rooted for her and other times I was against what she was gonna do, but I was still supportive and there for her.

The film has a novelistic, being separated in 12 chapters; it felt like reading a diary and picturing these events play out. The conversations and dialogue were funny, heartbreaking, relatable and perfectly crafted. The music was a nice touch. There’s a lot of amazing sequences here; three that come to mind is the break up, where time and everyone around Julie stops and getting high off shrooms. The performances and chemistry from Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Herbert Nordrum were fucking phenomenal. Glad this won Reinsve best actress at the Cannes film festival. I can see this winning best foreign language feature at the Oscars and getting some other nominations.

Not many complaints with this one. The narration doesn’t feel unnecessary or on the nose, although there’s one moment where I found it unnecessary but I’m fine with it. It did lose me a bit at times, but I was quickly drawn back in. This is my first Joachim Trier film and I can’t wait to watch his filmography. Heard many good things about August, Oslo 31st (2011). As of right now I have Cmon Cmon at #1, but this film might replace it or it’ll be interchangeable 🤷‍♂️. Definitely rewatching this a lot in the future.

Grade: A+
2021 ranked: boxd.it/dnlVQ
Sundance 2022 ranked: boxd.it/f9Gee

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