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Louder Than Bombs

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Norway, France, Denmark · 2015
Rated R · 1h 49m
Director Joachim Trier
Starring Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid
Genre Drama

Three years after his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed, dies in a car crash, Gene keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad. A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah, to return to the house he grew up in for the first time in a very long time.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

While it's well acted and has strong moments on a scene-by-scene basis, the film lacks an emotional center, keeping the impact cool and diffuse where it should be affecting.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

An alternately wise, melancholic and good-humored look at people surrounded by support but nonetheless alienated by their incapacity to confront their problems.


Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Trier is far too talented for there not to be some good things here, but it just doesn’t add up to much.


Time Out London by Guy Lodge

A tasteful grieving-family weepie, it's conceived and performed with utmost sincerity, yet lacks the intemperate human authenticity, the sense of profound strangeness in the everyday, that made Trier's ‘Reprise’ and ‘Oslo, August 31st’ so hard to shake.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

As the family resolves problems of the film's own making, the satisfaction gleaned is relatively minor. The threatened and/or promised explosions fizzle out frustratingly, leaving behind the lurking impression of Louder Than Bombs as a well-crafted, well-played, slickly-written misfire.


The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

Trier’s sensibility for the dynamics of family, for the depiction of nebulous memory, and for the detail of life (the film’s full of beautiful, complex scenes), means that I’m already eager to take a second look and see what else there is to unpack.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Strangely, Louder Than Bombs manages to be glaringly obvious and admirably subtle in the same breath.

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