Chicago – Editor’s Note: This the review was originally published on February 4, 2022 as “The Worst Person in the World” hit theaters. It was reposted in light of the film’s recent premiere on Hulu.
Do we ever stop coming of age? That’s the question that lies implicitly at the heart of director Joachim Trier’s standout romantic comedy-drama ‘The Worst Person in the World’ – Norway’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Oscars and one of the first contenders for the best film of the year.
Julie (Renate Reinsve) is 20 and quickly decides med school isn’t for her, even though she’s unsure what’s next. Her new boyfriend Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) is fifteen years older and struggling to figure out his own next step in life after finding early success as an acclaimed underground comic artist.
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Trier has nothing but the deepest empathy for its adorably flawed main characters, which also include Eivind (Herbert Nordrum), the lighthearted boy who catches Julie’s eye at a party.
Like the best coming-of-age novels, Trier’s funny, melancholy film adds epic emotionality to the relatable minutiae of everyday life.
In the film’s most overtly magical moment, the world literally comes to a halt as Julie sneaks off on a romantic date. In a surreal travel sequence, magic mushrooms unlock the dark recesses of Julie’s subconscious.
Renate Reinsve and Anders Danielsen lie in “The worst person in the world”
Yet the most poignant moments of “The Worst Person in the World” are often the most grounded; a cute coquettish encounter, a melancholic sharing of regrets, a fight that turns into a quiet moment of reconciliation. If we never really make it to adulthood, it may be because there are too many complicated layers in life to reach anything like an endpoint – until, well, sure, we inevitably do.
Without ever falling into sentimentality, “The Worst Person in the World” understands the beauty of what it really means to live life to the fullest, stumbling, struggling, and messing up along the way.
“The Worst Person in the World” is currently streaming on Hulu. It’s also available to rent through Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and other services. Rated R. 127 minutes. Language: Norwegian. Real: Joachim Treves. Starring: Renate Reinsve Anders Danielsen’s LieHerbert Nordrum.
This review was originally conducted as part of our sundance film festival 2022 cover.
‘The Worst Person in the World’ Double Feature: ‘Sing Street’, streaming free on Tubi
street sing (2016): John Carney (the force behind the wondrous romance “Once”) turns in another gem of a musical in this 2016 coming-of-age story, which boasts a terrific cast and a score that will stick. with you – especially “Drive it Like You I Stole It”, what you might call an immortal bop. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. With: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boyton, Maria DoyleKennedy, Jack Reynor.
“Sing Street” is streaming for free on Tubi – get the app
How can you see “The worst person in the world”?
‘Worst Person in the World’ Now Streams on Hulu for Subscribers; plans start at $6.99/month. It is also available for purchase through various VOD (Video On Demand) services.
About the writer: Caroline Siede is a film and television critic in Chicago, where the cold never bothers her anyway. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, she spent four years lovingly analyzing the romantic comedy genre, one film at a time, in her When Romance Met Comedy column for The AV Club. She also co-hosts the film’s podcast, role calland shares his views on pop culture on Twitter (@carolinesiede).
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