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Louder Than Bombs finds director Joachim Trier using a capable cast in pursuit of some lofty dramatic goals, even if his ambitions occasionally evade his grasp.
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It's a tale which unfolds nuance by nuance, and with each insight it becomes easier to empathise with both father and sons. Trier may work quietly but he knows all about pace and subtlety.
The people aren't people here; they're not even types - just instruments for conveying words and pictures, some of which are artful, but not nearly enough to make up for the dire drear and maudlin indulgence.
Two sons and their father grapple with their dysfunctional family situation, resulting in some reflective, engaging drama.
Here is a drama about a troubled family that builds not to a crescendo of screams and confrontations, but toward empathy and understanding.
There are moments of almost unspeakable beauty in the film, not the least of which are Isabelle's war zone photographs. Like the movie itself, they dare you to look away but award you deeply for baring witness.
A ponderous, overwrought meditation on grief, loss, guilt, and memory that prods and probes its characters more like lab rats than living, breathing creations.
It's an interesting film, though a very insular one, as a family tries to bring a traveller home.
"Louder Than Bombs" is a very intimate affair. The plot is as simple as they come, but it's how the perspectives and scenes shift from character to character and points in time that give strength to this film.
The film feels like a throwback ensemble piece, one that refuses to sugarcoat or demonize its characters' personal quagmires.
Louder Than Bombs is a very intimate affair. The plot is as simple as they come, but it's how the perspectives and scenes shift from character to character and points in time that give strength to this film.
There is no doubt that Joachim Trier took a risk with Louder Than Bombs, but I believe his creative vision has the potential to pay off tenfold.
Louder than Bombs is not a trivial picture. Its intentions are serious and respectable, but on some level these intentions become a burden, and the result, while admirable, never builds up into a complete cinematic experience.
A solid film that has great direction and performances, Byrne and Eisenberg are compelling in the leads. I didn't know what to make of the trailer but word of mouth got the better of me and I found one of the best films of 2016. The film deserved a bigger audience and more award recognition.
Emotionally complex portrayal of a family suffering from loss. Trier is somehow able to intricately navigate these very complex characters across the span of several days, showing you glimpses of each character's past and fragments of their relationship with someone who had a profound impact on their lives. It's touching without being overwrought, and intense without being self-serious. Its obvious the director feels very much for his subject, and there are some very truthful moments that boldly do not play out for dramatic effect, rather minutia of daily experiences shown through a thoughtful lens.
Trier follows his excellent Oslo, 31. August with another devastating drama, this time about a family who must cope with the weight of loss, and, even if a bit uneven, it is nice to see the sincere way that it shows and explores the complexity of the characters' feelings.
The film deliberately avoids resolution, and while that's bound to frustrate a lot of people I think it's key to the movie's success. We are meant to experience all these conflicting viewpoints and perspectives not be given cheap life lessons. Also, I'm again reminded what a phenomenally underrated actor Gabriel Byrne is.
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