In ‘The Worst Person in the World,’ Star Renate Reinsve Gives the Best Performance of the Year

In ‘The Worst Person in the World,’ Star Renate Reinsve Gives the Best Performance of the Year
It isn’t the jokes that write themselves, not really, but the critical appraisals. The worst person in the world? More like the best performance of the year! And yet nothing about Renate Reinsve’s breakout turn in Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World” is that pat, that silly, or that throwaway. Subtitled “Julie (in 12 Chapters),” the third entry in Trier’s Oslo Trilogy shifts gears from its darker predecessors — “Reprise” and “Oslo, August 31st” — to follow Reinsve as the ecstatic, shiftless, and totally marvelous Julie though four key years of her young adulthood.

Though the film opens in the middle of Julie’s story, it soon catapults backwards in time, as the soon-to-be college graduate realizes, hey, maybe medical school is not for her. In fact, maybe many things she thought were right or correct or fulfilling are not. Call it “Millennial Ennui: The Movie,” but
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