7.5/10 Nominated for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, “The Worst Person in the World” is a Norwegian film about the trials and tribulations of Julie (Renate Reinsve) as we follow her for four years as she struggles to find herself, meaningful career, decide if she wants children or not and fall in and out of love. The film is broken up into a prologue, 12 chapters and a brief epilogue, which I rather enjoyed for letting me know how far along I was into the film without having to ever glace at the time on my phone. What’s great about this film and why it has connected with so many audience members and critics across multiple countries is just how realistic the film feels. Millennials, for better or worse, are a generation unlike any other with a particular set of struggles. For those of you unmarried in your 30s like I am, dating is a pretty daunting task, especially as you grow older. Your life priorities change and women in particular have to choose between working, having kids or doing both. Women’s biological clocks are ticking louder and louder in their 30s vs. in their 20s when they may never think about it. People who get married/have kids early have a certain set path but single people in their 30s who are unsure about kids, often struggle with finding themselves and what they even want out of their lives and this film perfectly captures that. The direction from co-writer/director Joachim Trier is fantastic as multiple film making styles are utilized. A segment from the trailer where everyone is frozen in time except for our main female protagonist and Eivind (Herbert Nordrum), is a masterfully put together sequence. A later scene featuring magic mushrooms lets you feel the mind trip that Julie vividly goes on. The film has several surreal moments while simultaneously feeling extremely grounded in reality and relatable, which is a delicate and tricky balance to master. The performances across the board as fantastic with the supporting cast of Nordrum and Anders Danielsen Lie as Aksel bringing a talented balance in personality to Reinsve, who steals the show in this star making performance that wowed me. The score and soundtrack are some of the best of 2021 and go perfectly well together. As for its minor flaws, the chapters are a bit uneven in time, making it seem like some could have been combined and just had fewer chapters. A couple moments are ones we’ve seen before in similar films and the replayability is rather low here. That being said, the expertly written, emotional and relatable script had my emotions as heightened if not more than other films from last year. My biggest fear is that there will be an American/English remake of this film that doesn’t capture what Trier and co-writer Eskil Vogt were able to accomplish. Despite some sexually graphic material, the film has a positive overlying message about how sleeping around, not caring much for the feelings over others, emotionally cheating, etc. will wind up leaving you alone and empty, instead of in a happy, loving relationship, possibly with a family. An adult film that single millennials will definitely connect with, “The Worst Person in the World” just might be the best film going experience in the world for some.

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