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The Worst Person in the World

Verdens verste menneske
Directed by: Joachim Trier
NO/FR/SE/DK 2021127' no

A chaotic and unpredictable portrait of a chaotic and unpredictable woman. Julie would not have been able to organise her life as neatly as the filmmakers have done for her, namely into a prologue, 12 chapters and an epilogue. As her 30th birthday approaches, she continues to explore new skills and career paths: medicine, psychology, photography and other whims. She starts a relationship with Aksel, a slightly older graphic novelist, and the two are ideally compatible. But their relationship requires stability and Julie starts feeling increasingly anxious. One night, torn between what she wants and what others expect, she meets Eivind. Having received the blessing of her impulsivity, Julie is ready to throw away everything that is good in her life.

After Thelma (2017), which has also screened at RIGA IFF, Norwegian director Joachim Trier has returned with renewed focus on script, the psychology of his characters and their relationship with the times they live in. The film was well received at Cannes and concludes Trier’s Oslo trilogy, which includes Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011). The film reunites Trier, his long-time co-writer Eskil Vogt and actor Anders Danielsen Lie. Jumping between genres, millennial Julie’s existential mess of a life plays out as a combination of romantic comedy and coming-of-age drama. Actress Renate Reinsve plays the protagonist with a sense of self-ironic levity and in a playfully dramatic manner, winning her the award for Best Actress at Cannes.

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