Non-alienating Norwegians

15May08

Joachim Trier’s heady debut, Reprise, kicks off with two male buddies in front of a mailbox: They stare momentously into each other’s eyes and drop in manuscripts for their respective (first) novels, while a narrator (Eindride Eidsvoll) announces that Phillip (Anders Danielsen Lie) and Erik (Espen Klouman-Hoiner) believe their lives are about to change forever. That narrator is a wry fellow, less ironic than gently knowing, and he proceeds to spin a brief fantasy along the lines of what they expect will happen next: publication, commercial failure, cult success, mental crack-ups, tragic Paris love affairs with gorgeous depressives, and, finally, a reunion and joint novel that inspires civil disobedience and revolution. By the time Trier darts back to the present, Reprise is in high gear, like Speed Racer for the bohemian intelligentsia, complete with crash and burn.

(David Edelstein’s full review)

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