Posted May 15, 2008 in Film

Philip (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a 23-year-old artist unable to capture the magic of his early masterpieces: his debut novel and his first love, Kari (Viktoria Winge). He crumples under the pressure, and of all his laddish, caddish Oslo mates, only best friend Erik (Espen Klouman-Høiner) feels responsible for propping him up—though handsome golden boy Erik’s got his own issues with his rejected book and tepid three-year relationship with Lillian (Silje Hagen). Like his subjects, Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier is young and bursting with ambition, though his hand is steadier. Reprise runs us through the punk rock shows and school-yard betrayals of its character’s histories as though catching us up with old friends, then pivots to make wild, what-if leaps that race through Philip and Erik’s potential futures; the loves, the suicides, the trips to France, and the books that could spark an East African revolution. They’re full of possibilities and ego and short on decision-making. Tonally, it follows the highs and lows of young adulthood where the release from a perfect house party feels life-changing after a lonely sequence where Philip tries to recapture his romance with Kari by reliving their first vacation in Paris down to mimicking the same candid snapshots. (Amy Nicholson)



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