The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★★

Although The Worst Person in the World has a simple idea at its surface, it features a captivatingly intricate subtext. Under its glossy exterior is an encapsulation of modern-day uncertainties in people who want to find prosperity in life but instead find themselves stagnating or plummeting into familiar pitfalls of comfort. Directed and co-written by Joachim Trier, it taps into uneasiness and aimlessness within a generation where every moment has the tension of a ticking clock in the background. The story is told so delicately yet with such confidence and strength that it simultaneously elicits laughter and tears in all the right places. The film, which plays like a sly romantic dramedy, follows Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman navigating her existence and harmonies the ecstasies and agonies of youthful life and love with the quest for passion and purpose. Reinsve's performance commandeers every moment of The Worst Person In The World with an extraordinary balance of grounded maturity and enjoyment.