In her review of “The Worst Person in the World”, Washington Post film critic has glowing praise for this Oscar-nominated film and Cannes “Best Actress” winner Renate Reinsve.
As portrayed by the luminous Renate Reinsve in The Worst Person in the World, Julie takes “relatable” to a new and transcendent level. The movie — a shimmering, generous, exhilarating coming-of-young-middle-age tale — wraps itself around her like the multicolored throw she brings with each apartment move. Julie is Everywoman as work-in-progress: a restless, protean creature whose outward mien of self-possession disguises the impulses at her molten core.
Written and directed by Joachim Trier — and nominated for two Oscars this week, for Trier and Eskil Vogt’s screenplay and for best international feature — The Worst Person in the World unfolds with a linear straightforwardness that belies its exuberant wildness. Ostensibly, the movie chronicles Julie’s attempts to find herself, a search that is complicated by her relationship with an older, famous cartoonist named Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), her ambivalence about becoming a mother and unresolved issues with her own family of origin. While Aksel enjoys the renown of being an avatar of pop-culture edginess (while preparing to have his comic book adapted into a mainstream movie), Julie works as a clerk in a bookstore, at one point writing an essay that promises to vault her into viral celebrity. It doesn’t, but the ideas she’s percolating — about the sexist taboos around representing female desire and physicality — will be revisited by Trier in some of the movie’s most dazzling and memorable scenes.”
The Naro will be presenting The Worst Person in the World, starting Friday, March 11th – please see our calendar for dates and times