TheKinoCorner’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is my favorite film of 2021.
It's got this quiet power to it. I was watching it, entertained by the characters and the scenes, but not quite knowing where it was going. That is, until the film puts the pieces together, resulting in the film hitting me like a brick wall.
It felt so real. The conversations, relationships, fantasies, etc were all spot-on. In some cases, it felt like I was watching memories from my own life. I swear I've had exactly some of those same tough conversations with past partners of mine.
It feels real, sure, but Trier infuses a surreal quality to the film as well, whether it's a visualization of Julie's shroom trip or the scene in which everyone is frozen in place, the film is filled with these bold artistic choices that shouldn't work, but they do.
I also love how the film feels both like we're viewing it from Julie's perspective, yet Trier will sometimes pull back the camera, turning us into true spectators. I recall one scene where a bush is in the foreground and we see Julie talking to Eiven. We can't hear what they're saying, but it doesn't matter. We can feel their emotion and simultaneously we feel like we're violating their space just by watching them.
I've gotta say, this film made me cry like 3 times and when the credits rolled, I sat speechless. I won't spoil anything, but the epilogue ripped me apart. None of this is done in a tearjerker kind of way, either. Trier lets us figure out what happens without showing us too much, which only intensifies the emotions.
So many lines and thoughts from this film stuck with me: the idea that you can be drawn to the past because you have no future, the feeling that you've already met the love of your life but the relationship was ruined, and the fear that you can never find the happiness that you want because you don't know what you want.
To top everything off, it's beautifully shot in 35mm film and the soundtrack is just... perfect.
Go see this film.