This is so bad that I'm tempted to think that Trier's earliest film, Oslo 31 August, which I really liked at the time, might be a fraud as well. I hope I'm wrong, but Louder Than Bombs is unforgivable: it hammers down its seriousness ("a film about grief") and vomits cliché after cliché of shallow psychology while struggling to say something meaningful and deep - oh so deep.
As a fan of Joachim Trier work, this one is a slightly shift from his previous films, with an international cast, even though he is still exploring the errors and fatalities of the human beheavior and the mindset of each other. There is more density here, more layers to explore in every character. Although there is less mystery, the visual lack of attachment in a dysfunctional family compensates it all.
A powerful and moving film about life, death and grief. And serves a great coming of age story too. Great writing, great acting, original direction from Trier and great musical choices. I really love the title too. And what is louder than bombs? I would say that it is our emotions and our will to communicate them to others. An emotion can be expressed as a violent explosion. Some bombs need to explode sometimes.
Trier's english debut didn't surprise me, okay, maybe absence of Anders Danielsen Lie is something unusual for this director. Anyway, this story of searching for truth while getting into more and more lies shows, again, that Trier in his movies is not looking for a "Big Truth", but for the real emotions. Superb Eisenberg and Druid. Oh, I think that every movie needs a dance scene. This one had it. And it's beautiful.
With so much talent on display, I was left sadly unaffected. There is so much good material here from the cast, subject matter, and direction that it's a disappointment that this wasn't the knockout I was hoping for. There are lots of moving parts but none of it seems immediate. While the stakes aren't massive, they should have felt huge, especially within an intimate family drama. A formidable disappointment.
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.