The Worst Person In The World

by/ronan moore

neon/128 min

I think young people are tired of being told how easy they have it. Telling people younger than you that life only gets harder isn’t the incentive you think it is. Life is always hard – and you choose to do with that information what you will. You can try to plan out the rest of your life, or you can try to live in the moment. You’ll more than likely end up doing a mix of both. You may feel like you have no idea how to do it. Neither does Julie.

Joachim Trier’s final installment in his Oslo trilogy is separated into fourteen parts, spacing out a narrative that isn’t necessarily structured to be observed back-to-back. Over the course of the film’s runtime, Renate Reinsve’s Julie tries to figure out the direction in which to guide her life, which people to surround herself with, and most importantly, how she wants to reflect on the person she is when all is said and done. Her journey is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. A soulful through-line ensures that you endure her struggles as if they were your own, because, in all honesty, they very well could be.

Though Julie herself is rarely confident, Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt’s script flies along with its unusual structuring, boasting strong characterizations and devastating dialogue. Though its style veers on the self-indulgent side from time to time, the strongest, most emotional moments rarely suffer from this. The Worst Person In The World is an intimate story with moments of extraordinary beauty, both happy and sad. It’s hard to tell where it might go next, but when you decide to tell a story about life, isn’t that the most authentic way to do it?

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