THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (2021) – 7.5/10

The Worst Person in the World is a Romantic, Comedy Drama directed by Joachim Trier and written by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt. The Worst Person in the World chronicles four years in the life of a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is. I watched the film because it was Oscar-nominated. Upon completing the movie, I thought it was a very good story.

Julie (Renate Reinsve), a medical student in Oslo, is having difficulty trying to figure out what she wants in life. Julie starts out studying to be a doctor, then a surgeon, then a psychiatrist, then a writer before settling on being a photographer but ends up working as a clerk in a book store near the university campus.  She meets Aksel Willman (Anders Danielsen Lie), who is 14 years older than she and is a brilliant comic book artist.  They move in together and experience a significant relationship until she meets Eivind (Herbert Nordrum) during a wedding reception that she has crashed.  Eivind is a local barista, who is also in a significant relationship of his own. The two spend hours at the party experimenting on ways not to cheat on their significant others before meeting again.  Julie spends the next few years of her life trying to figure out what she wants to be and who she wants to be with. Eventually, through some personal growth and some painful losses, she finds out the person she is meant to become and begins enjoying the life that she has while also remembering the life she lost.

The Worst Person in the World is not a warm fuzzy movie but a somewhat sad one.  Her breakup with Aksel is devastating and his life takes on a pretty sad turn.  She doesn’t stay with Eivind either but his life takes on a happier ending.  Julies continuous changes in professions kept me quite entertained while her mother’s acceptance of her many changes was hilarious.  If you don’t mind reading the film’s Norwegian subtitles, you’ll be in for a treat as The Worst Person in the World is fun to watch. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 97% of 187 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.6/10. The website consensus reads “The Worst Person in the World concludes Joachim Trier’s Oslo Trilogy with a romantic comedy that delightfully subverts the genre’s well-worn tropes”. The Worst Person in the World is still in limited theaters — Check It Out!

[THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD is Oscar-nominated at the 94th Academy Awards for BEST: International Feature Filmand Writing: Original Screenplay — Totaling 2 Oscar Nominations]

 

2 responses to “THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (2021) – 7.5/10

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