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  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • First time feature director Joachim Trier crafts a dazzling debut in REPRISE, an inventively constructed tale about the hard truths that divide creative ambition and personal authenticity. The film opens with childhood friends Erik (Espen Klouman Hoiner) and Phillip (Anders Danielsen Lie) preparing to submit their first novels. They imagine a whirlwind future in which they achieve the reclusive cult status of their favorite novelist. In truth, Erik's novel is rejected while Phillip's creates an immediate literary sensation. But the sudden notoriety and his obsessive emotions towards girlfriend Kari (Viktoria Winge) cause Phillip to have a mental breakdown. When Phillip is released from treatment the two friends find that they have traded fortunes, as Erik achieves his own success while Phillip struggles to piece together his fractured life. But Erik's fame also comes at a price, exposing his personal deficiencies and limitations. This will force the two friends to choose between asserting their creative liberty and honestly engaging the complexity of life. Lauded at numerous international film festivals, REPRISE jumps back and forth in time to show how the past is always present in our words and deeds. Trier and his talented ensemble are similarly skillful in showing how personal dreams and fantasies become the masks we must discard in order to reveal our true selves.
  • Credits
    Viktoria Winge, Magnus Williamson, Pl Stokka, Espen Klouman Hiner, Anders Danielsen Lie, Christian Rubeck, Henrik Elvestad
  • Critic Reviews
    "Charming, clever and well made....The directorial debut of Joachim Trier, REPRISE takes from influences as lofty as LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD and as populist as TRAINSPOTTING..."
    Box Office

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "REPRISE is an intelligent and occasionally profound portrait of artists as young men....There is a melancholy tone to the film and yet there also is substantial levity and playfulness..."
    USA Today

    "An exuberant, exhilaratingly playful testament to being young and hungry -- for life and meaning and immortality....REPRISE is a blast of unadulterated movie pleasure."
    New York Times

    "REPRISE is kissed with the breath of French New Wave sensibility, sweet with verve and a love of forward movement." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Norwegian director Joachim Trier's inspiring first feature REPRISE joyfully tackles the process of self-creation, as well as the friendships that feed and sustain it."
    Los Angeles Times

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