The Worst Person in the World (2021)

The Worst Person in the World is a Norwegian romantic drama in which he signs as a director and co-screenwriter Joakim Trir to whom this is the third film in the so – called Oslo trilogy (after Reprise i Oslo, 31 August). The film premiered at the competition program of the Cannes Film Festival, where it is Renata Reinsve won the Best Actress award and was chosen to represent Norway at the next Oscars.

The plot of the film follows the indecisive but self-confident Julie, a young woman who sails the turbulent waters of her love life and struggles to find her right path in her career. She moves quite abruptly through jobs and relationships, she is not sure what interests she should follow and every change in her life comes after the momentary discovery that she is not really where she really wants to be. A good part of the film is occupied by her relationship with Axel (excellent by default) Anders Danielsen Lee), a slightly older cartoonist.

Our protagonist Axel’s open sexism is not entirely pleasant, but there is an indisputable chemistry in their relationship and they radiate mutual affection even when they do not agree on certain issues. Driven by whimsy, boredom or inner dissatisfaction, Julie is slowly moving away from a stable life. Interesting conceptual solutions such as ironically distanced narration and the flight of fantasy in a partially animated sequence bring us into a tense state of Julie’s mind with a comic flight that reflects, and then slowly begins to destroy her defense mechanisms against emotions.

Jokaim Trier’s films are described as melancholic meditations that deal with existential issues of love, ambition, memory and identity. Romantic dramas about young people who find their way in life can rarely present something new and are most often subject to a classic narrative that confirms the joys and pains of entering adulthood. However, Trier brings us something fresh and innovative, a film that can be watched and those for whom romantic dramas are not among their favorite genres.

Trier has a reputation as a filmmaker who understands the problems of the modern young man and who is able to present it all authentically, and here he confirms that reputation. In short, this is a film in which our heroine tries to find a profession that would give meaning to her life, a man with whom she would spend the rest of her life and something that would make her fulfilled and happy – in a busy and individualistic world time passes and life progresses , but it is not clear in which direction Julie is.

The Norwegian actress conveys a sense of complete, nuanced subjectivity in a story that would not be so deep if her performance was not of such high quality. The somewhat stereotypical character of a girl lost in her twenties breathes life and constant uncertainty. Her portrayal of Julia’s lack of a concrete direction and goal, her thoughtful openness, youthful attitude, excitement and skepticism towards the abundance of life experiences is extremely enchanting, so her character looks like a real person looking for happiness in modern Oslo.

Through twelve related chapters framed by a prologue and epilogue, the film explores a number of themes that include melancholic loneliness and alienation, existential conflicts, pressures created by society, self-discovery and all that brings love and loss. It honestly represents the complex position of a modern woman and, most importantly, returns a bit of fun and significance (as well as explicit sex) to a neglected genre. I also believe that it will help many viewers feel much better because of their possible dubious thoughts or life choices.

The Worst Person in the World is a Norwegian romantic drama about the search for love and meaning in modern Oslo, which brings much-needed freshness, fun and significance to this rather shabby genre.

my final grade: 8/10


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