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This is the story of two young guys who want to become writers. They both write esoteric stuff and struggle with the publishing world. But that's only the frame of the story. Told by an omniscient narrator, their travels, both physical and emotional, form the real heart of the piece.
Strong debut, pulsing with creation, following a pack of west-Oslo youngster with their up and downs, towards love and bookwriting. Moving from the psychosis to normal life is a hard road to go, and Phillips path towards a productive life is the center of the story. Trier makes this a unique film with a catchy soundtrack and lots elements which triggers your interest, woven together in a good story.
Two 23-year-olds, Erik (Espen Klouman Høiner) and Phillip (Anders Danielsen Lie), dream of becoming successful writers. They idolize the reclusive writer Sten Egil Dahl.When they both try to get a manuscript published, Erik's is rejected. Phillip's, on the other hand, is accepted and he becomes a star of the Norwegian literary scene overnight. Phillip meets Kari (Viktoria Winge), with whom he falls in love after inviting her on a trip to Paris. Six months later, Erik and his friends pick up Phillip at a psychiatric hospital to bring him home after a long treatment for his psychosis that was triggered by his obsessive love for Kari. Erik still hasn't given up his dream, but Phillip isn't able to write anymore, although his friend encourages him to make a new effort. The two friends end up struggling in different directions while love, literary aspirations and self doubt follows them...
This is director Joachim Trier's first feature film and in one way a classic coming of age story, but yet with it´s own unique format and vibe. The dialogue is realistic and so are the interactions between the main characters. It´s 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 Trier´s 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.
Flights of fancy and heartbreaking asides punctuate this keenly observed film. Read my full review at movie-op.blogspot.com
Onaj bolji Trier (kojem se ne zelim posrat u carapu).
one of the best movies i have seen in my whole life
Showcases the young talent that would come to fruition in the masterful "Oslo, 31 August".
In "Reprise," the two protagonists are Phillip (Lie), and Erik (Klouman-Høiner), are best friends-young, brash, and struggling writers. Together, they deposit their freshly written manuscripts into a mailbox. Joachim Trier flicks through elaborate visions of 'what could be'- a vibrant introduction, a live-action scrapbook of future memories complete with wry voice-over. We're told that "cult status" beckons, because mainstream celebrity is for losers. Then reality sinks in and deals them both a blow: Erik's novel is rejected, while Phillip's is published to great acclaim - only for a psychotic break to undo him at the height of his success.
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."
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.
A refreshing Norwegian film with well drawn characters. The narration adds something a little different to an otherwise relatively normal relationship movie. Highly enjoyable despite some of the less than likable male characters. The look into mental illness alongside the creative journeys of these two writer friends works well and at 1 hr 45 minutes the film does not outstay its welcome.