The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★★

Joachim Trier is a master composer of quotidian poetry — Norway’s cinematic equivalent to Karl Ove Knausgård. Few filmmakers can capture the magical & messy poignancy of ephemerality with greater precision — whether it be the subtle glint in wine-intoxicated eyes or the pinkish sunset dappling downtown Oslo. The cumulative effect is an exquisitely crafted character study — a collage of surrealistic interludes, existential whimsy, and heartbreaking reflexivity that creates a portrait of an artist as a capricious young woman. Arguably the most accurate bildungsroman of a millennial yet rendered, this understands the transient, fickle, amorphous, ethereal, and flighty existential unease of an unmoored generation. I don’t think I’ve pined or felt more while watching a movie in years.

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