Three years after her unexpected death, the preparation of an exhibition celebrating the famous war photographer brings her husband and their two sons together for the first time in years. When an unsettling secret resurfaces, the three men are forced to look at each other in a new light.
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Trier with his third feature makes an assured and powerful foray into English language film with this exceptionally well written film. Expertly cast all around especially Byrne, Huppert and young Druid. A fractured family copes with grief unable to connect with each other is the underlying story but there are so many more layers to the scripting here. Kudos to writers Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier.
Trier doesn't disappoint with this confident follow-up to "Oslo, August 31st". The film, its characters and their problems feel sort of "upscale" but not in a pretentious way. There is, in fact, a humble beauty in everything, with splashes of greatness: in the video collage we see while Conrad's text is being read by Jonah (perfect music choice), the slow-mo cheerleaders or Huppert facing us with that haunting look.
Not that I look forward to growing old, but I do look forward to a future where I'll be able to look back and realise which films meant the most to me, which films are "the films of my life". I'm pretty sure this will be one of them. (review in comment)
Another great film from Trier. Characterisation is so gradual, patient and deeply humane. A work of refined beauty from a director who has proven his craft outside the indie template of his previous classics.
'Louder than Bombs' attempts the density of a book as if written by an unreliable narrator, which makes sense considering that the fragmented narrative reflects the characters' inner turmoil. Still, Trier's film - albeit insightful and sensitive - lacks focus and emotional cunning.
While decidedly less indie than Oslo 31st, Louder Than Bombs is every bit as emotionally rich. Trier has managed to weave together several distinctly different story strands in a way that bolsters and strengthens what could have otherwise have proven a contrived or formulaic film in the hands of a less nuanced director. Hubert is utterly believable here. 4 stars