Verdens verste menneske (2021)
Finding your way in life can be hard, and particularly for the restless, mercurial young adult Julie (Renate Reinsve). She lives a typical single life in Oslo circa the 21st century, consisting of a never-ending line of part-time jobs, cafe visits, parties, and new partners – all the while searching for her real direction and purpose in life. Joachim Trier's latest film Verdens verste menneske captures these sentiments better and more aesthetically fulfilling than has been done in a while. This is art as entertainment; the picture is pleasant and engaging while at the same time communicating – or at least reminding you of – a few truths about life. It is clearly rooted in a contemporary reality, but its themes and force of impact is universal and timeless. A worthy successor to the works of Bergman or Rohmer. Trier's visual skills help move the narrative along elegantly, even in segments that often aren't that effective in movies, such as the film's prologue. And anyone with a connection to Oslo will be happy to see that the city isn't photographed simply as a setting, but as a place to live. In this third entry of Trier's so-called "Oslo Trilogy", the Norwegian capital is vibrant, lush and warm, filmed with a hint of nostalgia. Verdens verste menneske is crowned with magnificent performances by the leads, particularly Reinsve (who won Best Actress at Cannes) and Anders Danielsen Lie as her live-in boyfriend.