The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★½

"Yes, I do love you. But I also don't... I'm tired of being a spectator in my own life and I want to search for the person I want to be." - Julie

See where it ranks among my top films of 2021!

Separated into 12 chapters, it acts as an ode to those lost in the world, always worried they're never enough and are never satisfied. Julie (Renate Reinsve) is always starting one thing and moving on to the next.

When I was younger I was impulsive and would also move on to different things. Projects were just impassioned flings and decided career paths were made on a whim. As I grew older, I noticed these things, and those pensive reflections morphed into almost crippling anxiousness. "I want to do this thing, but will I still want to do it?" or "I want to do this... no, I want to do this..,. No, no, no, I want to do this!" and repeat. And those intrusive thoughts affected my relationships, both romantic and platonic. I'm left unsatisfied and empty. I often daydream about where I could be other than where I am right at that moment. This film portrayed that so effectively.

I saw myself in the times we saw Julie walk aimlessly into the night, watching others enjoy something that she doesn't have, and sometimes struggling to hold back the tears and quietly crying to herself. Whenever I saw that, my chest would tighten and I'd feel all sorts of emotions. I was going to criticize how empty and unsatisfactory some parts of the film felt, but then letting it sit with me, I understood where it was going for. I cherish that authenticity, but it's also really genuine in other ways.

I loved the relationships and the way it was shot so that added to the authenticity. But it's the performances that I have to praise the most. Both Anders Danielsen Lie (Aksel) and Herbert Nordrum (Elvind) were really great, but Renate Reinsve is the one who needs to be talked about here.

She's a revelation. She's riveting in every scene she's in. She helps bring the film so warmth and joy while also being able to break it down to its most emotional beats.

Now, I do have one problem and that's the ending. It felt abrupt and I was not too fond of it.

Other than that, it's one of the best of the year. Please check it out when you get the chance!

4.5/5

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