The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★½

The Worst Person in the World is the third and final installment of filmmaker Joachim Trier's Oslo Trilogy, following Reprise and Oslo, August 31st. 

For most going into this film, I'm going to presume that a great majority of people who see this film will end up being unaware that this is the third film of a movie trilogy. And, given the circumstances, this is entirely understandable, given that neither of Trier's two previous films in his trilogy ends up being in any way related to Worst Person in the end.

In retrospect, now that I've seen all three films in Trioer's so-called Oslo trilogy, I believe Trioer's objective in doing this was for him to establish something that is connected more thematically than narratively with one another, similar to what Rainer Werner Fassbinder was doing with his BRD Trilogy.

Anyway, to make a long story short, this is just an artsy-farcy mumbo jumbo type of decision, but I wanted to delve into it since I believe it is somewhat essential to the movie, all things considered.

Moving on, it would be an understatement to say that The Worst Person in the World did not completely astonish me.

Trier's film is like a jigsaw puzzle that fits all together perfectly, as cheesy as it may sound.

And it all boils down to Renate Reinsve's excellent performance as the film's heroine Julie here. 

Okay, I know everyone and their mother has been saying precisely the same thing about this movie that I am right now about Reinsve's performance. Nevertheless, it's all true, and no amount of words in my review could adequately describe how incredible it was here. Therefore, you'll just have to see it for yourself when it all comes down to it.

However, I can recall the precise sequence in the film that made me realize just how incredibly special of a performance we received here, as it had to have been the scene in which she dashes frozen in time to a coffee shop from her shared flat with her boyfriend in the film.

But, considering how prominently Reinsve's face from this sequence is used in the marketing, I'm sure the filmmakers behind this film, like myself, understood just how wonderful a performance they had on their hands while watching this scene play out in the movie. So who knows what's up, but I think we can all agree that her grin here is as vibrant as a double rainbow.

Finally, before I conclude my review, I'd want to add one more aspect that drove me to enjoy the film as much as I did, which was Trier's decision to divide the film's story into 12 chapters, including an additional prologue and epilogue.

Trier, in my opinion, excels at this narrative technique. Especially in tone shifts, he makes the film flow far better than a single traditional narrative film, which would typically not come close to accomplishing this. Some of the films' chapters, for example, wind up being significantly longer than others, and some of the chapters feature a serious moment in one and a humorous one in the next. Overall, it just makes the overall picture flow a lot better because of it in the end.

Okay, that's all I have to say. There's nothing else much I can say other than that I had a great time watching this film. 

This is undoubtedly my pick for Best International Film at this year's Oscars, and if it were up to me, Renate Reinsve would wind up winning Best Actress right now. Well, at this point, I just hope she gets nominated.

Check it out—my favorite film of the year besides Flee. Neon is dropping some absolute bangers of movies this year left and right like it's nothing, yeesh.

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