The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★½

This was so so good! Joachim Trier excels in showing us young people at crossroads in their lives - the messiness, the humor, the growth. His films don't always follow a typical narrative structure but they're quite rewarding. Here we follow Julie, a young millennial in Oslo, determined to not have others dictate her destiny over two love affairs and choices about the direction of her life.

Julie (Renate Reinsve) is such a lovable, complicated and fully-drawn character. Her first partner Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie, a regular in Trier films) is 14 years older and although well-suited, they bump into life stage differences. Her other partner Elvind (Herbert Nordrum) is more easy-going but Julie again struggles with whether this is where her life should go.

It's refreshing to see a film that centers on a woman determined to find her own happiness. The other people in her life don't quite understand why she won't follow the path they offer, and Julie herself can be impulsive, hurtful and unsure of herself. But it's her life and she intends to define it. And Renate Reinsve captures this beautifully.

Many nice moments here: Julie with Aksel's family. The lyrical scene where Julie runs through the streets of Oslo to meet her new lover and time literally stands still. Also, the very sad and tender scenes between her and Aksel near the end. And let's not forget the terrific soundtrack. (LOVE that they ended it with Art Garfunkel's cover of "Waters of March") To be sure, Joachim Trier takes his time between films. But this one is a winner.

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