The Worst Person in the World (2021)

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

A four-year time capsule into the life of a woman’s adulthood

The Very Best

9.5

Movie

Denmark, France
Norwegian
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2021
JOACHIM TRIER
Anders Danielsen Lie, Anna Dworak, Gisle Tveito
128 min

What it's about

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, 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.

The take

The film opens with Julie in her early twenties, longing to pursue a career in medical school. But after briefly testing the waters, she switches over to psychology, only to drop completely out of school and transform her hobby of photography into a professional career. This indecisiveness carries over in most aspects of her life, including and especially in romance, where impulse and desire drive her to run after what she believes to be love. The movie follows Julie as she navigates adulthood in modern Oslo—at once a specific yet universally relatable story about the growing pains of growing up.

With The Worst Person in the World, Joachim Trier scores again with another life-changing Norwegian drama about longing, love, grief, and finding your place in the world. His films can be quite sad but amidst all the drama, moments of happiness and hope are scattered throughout, as it is in real life.

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