THE FILMS OF JOACHIM TRIER: Louder Than Bombs + Reprise (Free Sneak Peek!)

Co-presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Louder Than Bombs

Decidedly novelistic in approach yet elegantly cinematic in its execution (and proudly wearing its Arnaud Desplechin influences on its sleeve), Joachim Trier’s English-language debut gives American audiences exactly what is often missing this side of the pond: patience and a refreshingly realistic lack of resolution.

A story largely concerned with stasis (a topic of clear interest for Trier), Bombs tells the story of three characters unwilling—or unable—to come to terms with the suicide of their mother and wife (a haunting and touching performance from Isabelle Huppert, perfectly matched by exceptional turns from Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, and Devin Druid). With his love of the French New Wave on display, Trier mischievously shifts time, switches narrators and filmmaking styles, and allows moments to dead-end. Consistent with the elegance and sophistication of Oslo and Reprise, Bombs is full of poetic simplicity, brutal truths, and momentary, humorous reprieves from Trier’s harsh, looming world.

Dir. Joachim Trier, 2015, DCP, 109 min.


In his ambitious debut feature, Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier starkly confronts universal concerns and desires among the millennial creative class: the confirmation that you have no talent; the pain of watching a friend surpass you on the same path; and the exaggerated pressures (and pleasures) of peaking too young. As an unseen, omnipotent narrator guides us through the potentially identical lives of aspiring writers Philip and Erik, Trier’s non-linear, asynchronous temporal play moves the two scribes toward their largely uncertain outcomes. Trier’s tight and energetic story of young Scandinavian lives in media res explores the possibilities of reality on a continuum, actively examining the hopes housed within the naive bravado of youth. Clearly guided by the hand of Jules et Jim and its French New Wave predecessors, Reprise asks us to walk with two young men on the (misguided?) quest to become the cult voice of their generation.

Dir. Joachim Trier, 2006, 35mm, 105 min.

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Watch the trailer for Louder Than Bombs!

Watch the trailer for Reprise!