The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★★

The Worst Person in the World spoke to me in a really specific way. It's a film that spoke to feelings and thoughts I have and still have ever presently in my life. It's a really well made movie, with some really creative direction choices and its a very enjoyable film from its pace and comedy, but the thing that made me fall in love with this movie is how it understands the coming of age experience. 

The movie understands the fluidity of life in your 20's. There is no one set goal, there's not an option or choice that's the "correct" one, your relationships, your future, your career, is all up in the air. Nothing is set in stone, but your past choices are, which can be terrifying. What if you stayed with this person? What if you kept going with this career path? Who would you be then and where would that lead? All ultimately questions that can't be answered, which leads to this looking back to your past where you could view yourself as the worst person in the world. 

Sometimes, even if you have things you can be content with or build from, there's that anxiety, that washing feeling that this isn't what you want (which is exemplified beautifully, with the scene of Julie walking home alone, where the ambient sound and focus fades away). Feelings aren't just easily explainable, sometimes we need to just feel them. Every choice Julie makes is driven by feeling, and even if they seem "wrong", they feel right to her in those moments and chapters of her life. Even with the benefit of hindsight, these choices ultimately lead to who she becomes by the end, it's all crucial in shaping her present. It's a movie about accepting that you aren't a bad person for being flawed, your decisions aren't any less valid, your life will keep moving in new directions and, most importantly, you are not the worst person in the world.

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