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With Reprise, first-time director Joachim Trier effectively captures the spirit of young adulthood, and announces his arrival as a filmmaker to be watched.



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Erik and Phillip are trying to make it as writers. Erik is rejected by publishers as lacking in talent, while Phillip's manuscript is accepted and the young man becomes a major name on the Norwegian cultural scene practically overnight. Six months later, Erik and his friends come to visit Phillip at a psychiatric hospital to bring him home after long-term treatment. Writing is the last thing on Phillip's mind, but Erik is continuing his literary attempts and tries to convince his friend to go back to writing.


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Critic Reviews for Reprise

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  • This story about two aspiring writers in their early 20s has the fearlessness and vivacity of a first novel, and its playful approach to chronology and voice-over narration serves to amplify its themes instead of coming off as a show-off trick.

    Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • Reprise is not just about engaging with or surviving through the creative instinct. It is that instinct.

    Jun 20, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • If you are young, male and dream of making a name for yourself in the arts, Reprise is about the joys and sufferings of that quest: It is a Jules and Jim for the punk-rock generation.

    Jun 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The jagged energy of this film's opening and closing moments leave you wondering where it might have gone and what it might have been.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The word 'Reprise' may mean recurrence, but Trier's fleet, joyously intellectual film comes at us like anything but a retread.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Drawing inspiration from the young-artists-in-angst tales of Godard, Truffaut and the French new wave, Joachim Trier's Reprise is both a charming homage and a vibrant work in its own right.

    Jun 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reprise

  • Jun 12, 2013
    A very well played out drama about two friends who seek to write books in between life's so many complications. The journeys of the two men are distinct despite the fact that they seem to walk in the same circles. It works well for the film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    A beautiful, poignant gem from Norway that is at once a loving tribute to the French New Wave and a wholly original story that riffs on familiar themes of friendship, romance, madness, and creativity in fresh, stylish ways.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2012
    In his first film, Trier comes up as a promising director, using a stylish approach to tell this refreshing drama about the literary youth - a solid film that has some good moments but fails to be more engaging, ending with an optimistic, perhaps too poetic conclusion.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2009
    What an awesome treat. I really liked this film. The description makes it sound boring but it is not. It was interesting and I especially like the look of the film.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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