Every Joachim Trier movie, ranked | Pretty Reel

There are so many well-known film directors that audiences turn to when they want to watch a cinematically elegant film, like the legendary Martin Scorsese or the incomparable Sarah Polley. Naturally, outside of this ocean of acclaimed directors, there are a handful of filmmakers unknown to the general public but who have made a lasting impression with their work among avid moviegoers. Undoubtedly, the name under discussion is none other than Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier. Sure, Trier has a short list of credits — precisely five feature films — but he’s certainly made a name for himself in the industry as a debut filmmaker.

In this short journey to fame, the director first became known for his work on the second part of the Oslo trilogy: Oslo, August 31 (2011). The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Other than that, a decade later, Trier earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his film The Worst Person in the World (via Gold Derby). While more stories will be told in the future by Trier in his journey as a director, until then, here is the list of all his films, ranked.

5/5 stronger than bombs

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Louder Than Bombs is Trier’s first English-language feature film, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne in the lead roles of Jonah and Gene, respectively. Louder Than Bombs tells the story of a reconciliation between a father and his two sons, Jonah and Conrad (played by Devin Druid), following the untimely death of their mother, Isabelle (played by Isabelle Huppert), in a car accident. . As the story progresses, each character remembers their relationship with Isabelle differently, gradually uncovering their secrets. Although Louder Than Bombs is one of Trier’s less successful films, the director manages to pour out several harrowing emotions that other films of the same genre fail to convey as well.

4/5 Recovery

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Reprise (2006), marking Trier’s directorial debut, is the first part of the Oslo trilogy, co-written by Eskil Vogt. The film tells the story of a group of Oslovians in their early twenties, specifically Erik (played by Espen Klouman Høiner) and Phillips (played by Anders Danielsen Lie), who aspire to become writers. They also share a common passion of admiration for the novelist Sten Egil Dahl (Sigmund Sæverud). Sure, Erik and Phillips do everything to follow their ambitions, but, no doubt, fate has laid down a different path for them that evolves Reprise into an unexpected yet hilarious comedy-drama. With this simplistic plot, Trier perfectly delivers a journey grounded in adulthood, relationships, dreams and discovery that will leave audiences guessing what happens next.

3/5 Thelma

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Thelma is a 2017 sci-fi thriller that revolves around Thelma (played by Eili Harboe), a shy girl from a religious family, who gradually discovers and accepts her supernatural abilities. Naturally, in the nascent stage of this self-discovery, Thelma tragically hurt many people who crossed paths with her. But soon, these abilities turn into precious gifts that reshape his understanding of his powers and his own existence. Admittedly, Thelma strays a bit from the more common Trier themes of life, ambition, and existential crisis, among other things, and yet this gripping story never fails to strike a chord with audiences. Trier has done an impressive job of sculpting the emotional arc of each character that makes Thelma a must watch.

2/5 Oslo, August 31

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Oslo, August 31 is a simple story exploring a day in the life of a drug addict named Anders (played by Anders Danielsen Lie), who is on leave for a job interview. Naturally, playing on a tight 24-hour time frame, the film has to cover a lot of ground to assert itself as a worthy watch, and it does so for good reason. On a holiday, Anders crosses paths with his friends and people from his past, whom he has hurt in the euphoria of drugs. The story builds more around these elements and ultimately ends with a heartbreaking finale. The New York Times sums up Oslo, August 31 as a “perfectly linear story, bristling with suspense and ambiguity,” and really, that’s precisely what the Trier film has in store for viewers. It’s easily one of his best films and has even received numerous national and international accolades for such a gripping story.

1/5 The worst person in the world

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The Worst Person in the World is unquestionably Trier’s latest and greatest work to date. It tells the story of a woman named Julie (played by Renate Reinsve), a medical student in her late twenties trying to find meaning in her professional and love life. What makes The Worst Person in the World the best is its storytelling that appeals to moviegoers who are in their early thirties. The film presents all possible facets of the emotion that people in their early thirties have overcome thanks to Julie, which makes it a gripping yet sensitive film. Of course, with such a grounded and simplistic story, The Worst Person in the World garnered critical acclaim and also earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film.

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Every Joachim Trier movie, ranked | Pretty Reel