Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs poster

Louder Than Bombs movie poster

After gaining attention on the international film festival circuit with two Norwegian-language works, Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011), Scandinavian filmmaker Joachin Trier is now ready to take over the world with Louder than Bombs, his first English-language effort which is supported by a solid cast including Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), Isabelle Huppert (Valley Of Love) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Network).

The setting is simple but ambitious: As an exhibit showcasing the works of a war photographer is about to open, her husband and two sons gather in the family home, which will result in a dark family secret to be uncovered.

While watching Louder than Bombs, you get the feeling that the acclaimed director seems to assume he is delivering another surefire hit. Hiding behind a polished environment in a residential suburb, this family drama is a great playground to portray some tortured characters’ inner turmoil. Frustration and resentment are lurking, slowing revealing the fractured relationships.

However, by choosing to remain on the surface, without digging deeper into all these emotions, Mr. Trier turns out creating a superficial work that doesn’t really go anywhere. If the omnipresence of flashbacks makes the whole thing confusing, thus failing to give us a comprehensive look at the story, it’s probably – and surprisingly – Ms. Huppert’s performance that proves to be the most disappointing, the otherwise brilliant actress lacking here credibility as a war photographer.

Without a real theme as its core, Louder than Bombs proves to be aimless, feeling somewhat like a rushed touristic tour that pretends to show you everything without making you experience much.

Director: Joachim Trier – Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg – Running Time: 1:49 – Year: 2015 – Country: Norway
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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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