Apr 21, 2022

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

The Worst Person in the World (2021) movie poster
The Worst Person in the World (Norwegian: Verdens verste menneske) is a 2021 romantic black comedy-drama film directed by Joachim Trier. It is the third film in the director's "Oslo Trilogy", following Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011). The film premiered in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, with Renate Reinsve winning the award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. At the 94th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay. The score for the film was written by Ola Fl√łttum.

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

freddy and krasnaya movie review

K: The Worst Person in the World is a really good movie for me, just because it is about us, the millennium generation. I enjoyed the pictures and dialogues for 2 hours straight. This movie is an existential study of life. When you're young and free to do whatever you want, what should you choose? Choose a serious career? Or family and children? Or creative self-realization? Which choice would be correct?

F: I've survived another romantic comedy/drama!
I didn't laugh much during the movie, so this is more of a drama to me, than a comedy. Not a black comedy at all, as someone wrote on Wikipedia. Anyway, this movie lives, and I was able to endure it, only and only because of Renate Reinsve who plays the main character, Julie.
She is a hypnotizing beauty and she plays the character of a girl trying to find out her "place" in life in a way that seems very natural and authentic. Dialogues are fine, they keep you engaged, and there are some great moments of silence too.

Gorgeous Renate Reinsve
Everything is looking good here.
K: Julia is about 30 years old and still trying to find herself. She reflects on the feelings and desires that jump up in her head. I adore Julia's character, the way she makes decisions and how she moves on, even if life is not easy, she sees the sun rise again, takes the tears out of her cheeks and goes on. 
The film is actually full of various themes without Julia. Parents and children, for example. Children, in general - as such. Are they needed? And to whom? And for what? 
Sketches about the generation of older-younger ones are colorful and fresh. It resonated with me, since I had those days of enjoying life like Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), without cellphones and the internet, being surrounded by objects without Wi-Fi. 

F: The movie made me have a change of heart for Julia after going through the struggles in those brief 4 years of her life. I didn't like her very much at the beginning because of all the white privilege surrounding her and I thought that this was going to be an exclusive movie about 1st world problems. It was deeper than that. 
Julia has a restless heart and I can identify with that. 
I feel that today, for my generation (80's), it is still difficult to understand the restlessness and freedom of movement that Julia has. It is easier on men. So, going through those little scenes in her life made me have sympathy for her. She's not The World's Worst Person.
What do you think about the chapter "Cheating" Krasnaya? Was it cheating or not?" For me it was. That kind of intimacy is considered cheating in my book.

Julia and Mushrooms Scene
The shrooms are kicking in. Love it.
K: Of course it was cheating, because they got the feelz to do naughty stuff.
I recommend watching this movie just because Trier simply captures the tragedy and beauty of every moment. A morning smile, burning coffee, a sweet smoke break, the rustle of a new book, a summer wind caressing your cheeks, a blinding sunset. Momentary subjective sensations that can be physically felt makes for me The Worst Person in the World a very sensitive movie. The way the city was shot gave me a sense of familiarity.  And what do you think, dear Freddy, who is the worst person in this movie after all?

F: The Worst Person in the world is definitely the self-righteous feminist radio host who doesn't understand art :P It's a good movie, which I think will be enjoyed best by a female audience. For a Neanderthal man like me, we got to see some boobies and that's something we always enjoy. I leave you with a picture if you don't want to go through the struggles of watching a romantic movie.

Renate Reinsve Boobies
Yep, there's no growing up for me.
Krasnaya's Score - 90/100
Freddy's Score - 62/100