15 items from 2016
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April and the Extraordinary World (Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci)
Most writing on Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci‘s April and the Extraordinary World speaks as though they’ve adapted one of revered Frenchman Jacques Tardi‘s graphic novels. This isn’t quite the case. What they’ve actually done is bring his unique “universe” to life with help from previous collaborator Benjamin Legrand (writer of Tardi’s Tueur de cafards) instead. Legrand and Ekinci crafted this alternate »
- The Film Stage
If you’re a regular around these parts, then you already know that Joachim Trier is one of our faves. The director became one to watch with “Reprise,” and established he had more in his arsenal with “Oslo, August 31st.” And we couldn’t have been more excited when he made his English-language debut with “Louder Than […]
The post Exclusive: Family Is Fractured In Clip From Joachim Trier’s ‘Louder Then Bombs’ appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Edward Davis
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
A War (Tobias Lindholm)
In only his second outing as sole director after 2012’s acclaimed A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm is commanding unusual levels of respect and anticipation with A War – undoubtedly earned with the establishing of a very personal brand of filmmaking, rooted in observation, deliberate pacing and a terse directing style. Viewers familiar with his previous film, a hostage drama detailing the hijacking of a »
- The Film Stage
Title: Fidelio Alice’s Odyssey (Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice) First Run Features Director: Lucie Borleteau Writer: Lucie Borleteau, Clara Bourreau , Mathilde Boisseleau Cast: Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie Running Time: 97 min Rated: Unrated (language, nudity, sex) Special Features: None On DVD And VOD 05/17/16 Alice (Ariane Labed, The Lobster) is a 30-year-old French woman in a passionate, loving relationship with her fiancé Felix (Anders Danielsen Lie, Reprise). The two spend as much time together as they can before her job as an engineer takes her away for several months aboard the freighter Fidelio. Once the freighter pulls from port, she discovers that the captain is Gaël (Melvil Poupaud, By the [ Read More ]
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After making his English language debut with recent festival hit Louder Than Bombs, Norwegian arthouse darling Joachim Trier (Reprise, Oslo August 31st) returns to his native tongue for his next effort but is also pushing into new territory. Trier's fourth feature, Thelma, is being pitched as a supernatural thriller revolving around a young woman's discovery of her own frightening powers. Given that this is Trier we're talking about I wouldn't expect things to go into Carrie territory here, but they are definitely looking to create a more accessible and visually oriented film than he has in the past while maintaining his character focus. Which could be pretty damn fantastic, frankly. Thelma has just received production support from the Norwegian Film Institute and is scheduled for...
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An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah (Eisenberg) back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene (Byrne) and withdrawn younger brother Conrad (Devin Druid, in a breakthrough performance) than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.
Congratulations on the film, I really liked it. I only saw it the other day, »
- Paul Heath
Louder Than Bombs review
Norwegian director Joachim Trier has given us a powerful duo of films in Reprise and Oslo, August 31st, but now eyes turn to his English language debut, Louder Than Bombs. Like many Scandinavian directors, there’s a respectable quiet sense of restraint while dealing with larger dramatic, and potentially explosive, themes and plot points. It’s very much about what isn’t said as opposed to what is, but the cast handle their respective roles with style.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31,” “Reprise”) possesses a clear-eyed humanism that’s unique among his contemporaries. It’s all well and good to celebrate the quirks and foibles of mankind when presenting characters who are kind and generous, but Trier manages to make us love the men and women in his movies even when they display the worst of our collective traits. They can be petty, spiteful, duplicitous or secretive, but their creator understands them, and guides us in the audience toward empathizing with them as well. That skill for relatability holds fast in “Louder Than Bombs,” all the more. »
- Alonso Duralde
This is Isabelle Huppert’s world, we all just happen to have the glorious honor of living in it.
After starring in the beautiful and moving Valley Of Love which finally hit theaters a handful of weeks ago, screens across the country are once again blessed with her beauty and talent thanks to the newest, and arguably greatest, film from director Joachim Trier. Best known for his critically beloved debut Reprise and his Cannes darling Oslo, August 31st, Trier is back with his first English-language picture, the understated and seemingly misunderstood (just look at the absurd and off base Rotten Tomatoes score) Louder Than Bombs.
Huppert takes on the role of photographer Isabelle Reed who we see through flashbacks, as her family is still reeling from her death in a tragic car accident two years prior. The film actually opens with the starting of a new life, as we see her eldest son, »
- Joshua Brunsting
He’s only been making features for the last decade, but Joachim Trier is the rare example of a director whose voice felt fully formed upon his debut (Reprise). That’s, of course, not to discredit room for growth — his follow-up, Oslo, August 31st was proof enough that he can expand and deepen his skills. This week sees the release of his third feature, the impressive drama Louder Than Bombs, which premiered in competition at Cannes last year. For the occasion we’ve dug up his ballot for the 2012 Sight & Sound poll (taken around the release of his second feature).
Featuring some of the more obvious touchstones by Kubrick, Fellini, and Hitchcock, a few picks display where he clearly borrows influence for his dramatically piercing work, including Resnais’ debut, and classics from Antonioni and Tarkovsky, as well as his sense of comedy, from Scorsese and Allen. Perhaps most noteworthy is »
- Jordan Raup
In making his first English-language film, Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier has lost none of the sensitive ferocity that gave his first two films – 2006’s Reprise and 2011’s Oslo, August 31 – their bite. Not that’s it’s been particularly unusual to see Scandinavian films about people stuck in self-destructive ruts, but the specificity and oddball humor Trier employed there serve him all the better with his American debut, Louder Than Bombs.
Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) is back visiting father Gene (Gabriel Byrne) and younger brother Conrad (Devin Druid), ostensibly to organize a retrospective of their late mother’s photographs, but more directly, we come to intuit, to avoid spending time with his own wife (Megan Ketch) and newborn child. It’s been a few years since Isabelle (played, in flashbacks, by Isabelle Huppert) died (by suicide, we quickly gather), but the men she left behind are still reeling from her absence. She went quickly, »
- Scott Nye
With his three features across the last decade — Reprise, Oslo, August 31st, and Louder Than Bombs — Norwegian director Joachim Trier has handled the battle of inner demons with a vibrant poignancy that few other filmmakers can match. His English-language debut, which enters limited release this weekend, follows a father (Gabriel Byrne) and two sons (Devin Druid) and (Jesse Eisenberg) as they navigate life after the death of the family’s matriarch (Isabelle Huppert, appearing in flashbacks.)
It’s a immensely well-acted drama that strings seemingly minor occurrences together for an ultimately significant emotional catharsis. I had the opportunity to speak with Trier about his approach to storytelling, taking on American culture, what he learned after turning down over 70 scripts, working with Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert, his love for Andrei Tarkovsky, and much more. Check out the conversation below.
The Film Stage: Louder Than Bombs takes a non-linear approach in structure, »
- Jordan Raup
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The trend at Cannes this year, so far, has been English-language movies from foreign-language directors, often working in the language for the first time. We’ve already seen Matteo Garrone's "Tale Of Tales," and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster,” with Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” and Michel Franco’s “Chronic” to come. But one of our most anticipated has been “Louder Than Bombs,” the third film, and first set in the U.S, for Norwegian helmer Joachim Trier. The director landed straight on our radars a while back with the dazzling “Reprise,” and proved to be more than a flash in the pan with the devastating “Oslo, August 31st” a few years later, and now he’s making his Cannes Competition debut. And while ‘Bombs’ is already proving to be divisive, I found it another beguiling and fascinating picture from the filmmaker. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
While Jesse Eisenberg has some big movies opening this year, like "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and "Now You See Me 2," the film cinephiles are most looking forward to is "Louder Than Bombs," which as far I know doesn't feature any actual bombs exploding. It's the new feature from Joachim Trier, the director behind the excellent "Reprise" and "Oslo, August 31," and after riding the festival circuit last year, the movie is finally coming to U.S. cinemas. Read More: Cannes Review: Joachim Trier's 'Louder Than Bombs' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne & Isabelle Huppert Co-starring Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Ryan and David Strathairn, the film tracks a family dealing with grief following the loss of their wife/mother, an acclaimed war photographer. Here's the official synopsis: On the eve of an exhibition honoring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Olivier Assayas
Writer: Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas returns with another English language Euro drama starring Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper. Their last collaboration was the Cannes premiered Clouds of Sils Maria, which snagged Stewart a Cesar for Best Supporting Actress (the first American to be awarded) and was one of the best theatrical releases of 2015. While Assayas was originally intending to film a project known as Idol’s Eye starring Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro, funding fell through before filming, paving the way for the director to re-team with Stewart for a film described as a ghost story set in the fashion underworld of Paris. Also re-teaming with Assayas DoP Yorick Le Saux (Carlos; Clouds of Sils Maria) and German star Lars Eidinger. Danish actor Anders Danielsen Lie (of Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31st) is also a notable cast member.
- Nicholas Bell
15 items from 2016
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