The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★½

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“The Worst Person In The World” feels like a Sally Rooney book come to life on screen (again). Characters are not just set within a backdrop of social upheaval and ever-present media but actively engage and reflect on it.

The film, separated into 12 chapters with a prologue and epilogue, chronicles Julie (Renate Reinsve) throughout her adult life, as we see her contemplate having children, new relationships and, later in the film, experience another character confront their own mortality.

Going from comedic to meloncholy, Joachim Trier largley approaches each scene with the uptmost realism, which makes each divergance all the more impactful, striking a perfect balance between the mundane and the magical.

However, as the film progresses, the more subtle scenes take on a larger significance as the character’s develop and they reveal their own worries and desires. As the title suggests, how people are identified — and how they establish their own identity — is key.

It’s apparent that a part of Julie’s identity is formed by how others views her, ultimately leading to conflict as she enters and exits relationships (the former being one of the more entertaining examples of a burgeoning connection) trying to carve an identity separate and distinct from those she loves (and doesn’t). But as Trier shows, that’s easier said than done.

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