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.
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), whose career was cut short in the wake of her untimely death, a father and two sons grapple with her domestic and professional legacy. Flashbacks of Isabelle’s conflated role of wife, mother and photojournalist intermingle with the present-day attempts of the Reeds to manage their grief amid combat of a different kind. Family patriarch Gene (Gabriel Byrne) discovers secrets about his late spouse while pursuing a new romance and struggling to connect with teenage son Conrad (Devin Druid), who hides in video games and introspection. Adult son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) takes leave from academic and married life to organize his mother’s archive, only to slip into reckless behavior. Past and present coalesce in sharp focus as the surviving Reeds come to terms with love and loss — locating in memories both painful and joyous the skills they need to soldier on…
“Louder Than Bombs” opens in limited release on April 8th. Watch the U.S. trailer below.