2016 | 109 minutes | Rated R
The first English-language feature from Norwegian director Joachim Trier, Louder Than Bombs
is one of those movies that builds a small, nondescript, yet utterly convincing domestic world without seeming like it's trying too hard. Trier's film has the cerebral, elliptical quality of a great short-story collection, and an easy intimacy with its central family of grieving men, who face a terrible crossroads after the death of their matriarch, war photographer Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert). What might be a delayed but rather obvious revelation in a more conventional film comes out early in Louder Than Bombs
: Isabelle's death wasn't an accident, but a suicide. Refusing suspense or ambiguity around her death frees up the film to reckon with more interesting questions. There's precision in this narrative choice, and Trier brings that same precision to a million other choices throughout the film, building it all to a resonant, satisfying, and haltingly hopeful film.
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