Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier burst onto the international scene in 2006 with the and critically acclaimed “Reprise,” and the exhilarating pulse of that movie landed him on the map almost immediately (we named it one of the best movies of 2008). Off that buzz, his follow-up, “Oslo, August 31st,” was entered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and this year, he’s fully upped to in-competition level. His third film, “Louder Than Bombs” is his first English-language effort and boasts quite a few stars, Hollywood, international, and otherwise, but he’s not sweating that choice.
“In a way it’s a natural progression,” he told ScreenDaily recently. “I decided not to go for offers of a studio film, but to develop from scratch our own story and our own film. I set out to make a personal film and it’s turned out to be a personal film.” How does it differ from his past films?
He broke it down in simple terms. “Whereas ‘Reprise’ was about the anxiety of career and identity in your early ‘20s and ‘Oslo’ was about a personal crisis in your early ‘30s,” he said, “this is a cross-generational family story dealing with how close we are in a family, yet we can’t fully connect.” The movie stars Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn, and two up-and-coming talents, Rachel Brosnahan, who really stood out in her three seasons on “House Of Cards,” and Devin Druid, who played a young version of Louie C.K. on the fourth season of “Louie.” Here’s a synopsis:
An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years.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.
Trier’s always had a terrific editing style, and this new movie is suppose to be “revealed through non-linear fragments of shared memories,” so that could be exciting stuff. This one is definitely anticipated by us, and the first three clip have arrived, so we’re diving right in. “Louder Than Bombs” makes its world premiere at Cannes later this week. Watch below, and check out the new poster and a few new photos too.