“The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.” -IMDB
This Danish film has been garnering the Academy’s attention for quite a while now and I can absolutely see why. Let me clarify…
While other movies have told similar storylines, that of an individual hitting 30 and finding it difficult to decide which direction to go in their life, this film tells that story with much more originality and raw honesty than others I’ve seen.
The film follows Julie as she navigates her career, her relationships, her hopes, her desires, and the expectations put on women of her age. Even though my life looks quite different than Julie’s, as a recently-turned 31 year old, there were many universal truths in this movie that I found poignant and which resonated with me deeply. Many of these truths are not even necessarily gender-specific, but also deal with aging, legacies, and the desire to be loved.
This is not necessarily a film for everyone, it grapples with many different topics, not all of which are pretty. But topics that we all have to deal with at one stage of our life or another. This is not a movie to watch if you are looking for something light, but if you are looking for a movie that is deeply moving both emotionally and intellectually, then The Worst Person in the World is a brilliant watch.
Rating: 9 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Bergman Island, Hope
Streaming: In Theaters
With: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen, Herbert Nordrum
Directed By: Joachim Trier