The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★

The moments of this film which show Julie’s relationships forming are really a joy, and watching her struggle to find her way in the world is all too relatable. Snappy editing and gentle humor make the prologue and first five chapters work very well. Solid performances and chemistry between the three leads lends credibility to the characters, and I was invested in their relationships and excited to see how their lives would turn out. 

It’s unfortunate that the film flounders in the second half, when it tries to look deeper. Misguided attempts to address political issues are scattered throughout, and feel rushed. These shoehorned in, surface level references will undoubtably date this film ten years from now. An even worse sin, however, is when the film attempts to address death, breakups, and pregnancy. All the buoyancy of the first half of the film is replaced by leaden self importance. Worn out from giving the first half creative structure and storytelling, Trier lapses into sentimental cliches, tiresome monologues, and juvenile philosophy. There is also the unforgivable trip scene, which is best forgotten by all. While it’s still worth a watch, The Worst Person in the World doesn’t reach the heights of Fleabag or even Frances Ha. 

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