This is director Joachim Trier's first feature film and in one way a classic coming of age story, but yet with itīs own unique format and vibe. The dialogue is realistic and so are the interactions between the main characters. Itīs rich with emotional layers, solid character development, good photography and Trier has managed to bring out terrific performances from Espen Klouman Høiner, Anders Danielsen Lie and Viktoria Winge. Particularly Anders Danielsen Lie is outstanding as Phillip and his performances as a man entering a psychosis feels truly real and convincing. I like that the the intensity is broken up several times with silent scenes that still adds some much due to the actors. And the dialogue is minimalistic from time to time. I like as well that Trier put a focus on the importance of friendships and relationships. However, the idea of adding some sort of high speed edit featuring thoughts and imaginary future happenings feels just like an alibi to try to please the younger movie goers which was not really of my liking. I do think that Trierīs second feature "Oslo, 31 augusti" was even better than "Reprise" and would like to recommend that one as well. In that one Anders Danielsen Lie is fantastic.
Director Joachim Trier, who co-wrote the script with Eskil Vogt, plays with the audience by flipping backward and forward in time. As Phillip and Erik coddle their first manuscripts, Trier speeds forward in time to possible futures. The draw of this film isn't so much in watching them strive, but in glimpsing their daydreams of fame.
"Reprise" has a smart and knowing script, inviting the audience for reflection of their own. Joachim Trier neatly encapsulates that take-on-the-world optimism of unsullied youth. "Reprise" is many things at once: a window into mental illness, obsessive love, the uneasy transition from youth to adulthood, and finally the most intriguing aspect of the story line-fraternal competitiveness. The only real problem with the movie is it doesn't entirely establish a genuine, heartfelt interest in the characters for the audience. Both protagonists' grew up idolizing Norway's greatest living writer, who tells one of them his novel is good and shows promise. In the same sense, the movie itself is good and shows promise, but ultimately falls short of truly compelling. I am probably a bit too critical of this film only because I saw "Oslo, August 31st" (2011) first (a magnificent film), which is the follow up to "Reprise."