Reprise (film)

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International Theatrical poster
Directed by Joachim Trier
Produced by Karin Julsrud
Written by Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Starring Anders Danielsen Lie
Espen Klouman-Høiner
Viktoria Winge
Music by Ola Fløttum, Knut Schreiner
Cinematography Jakob Ihre
Edited by Olivier Bugge Coutté
Distributed by Spelling Films
Maverick Films
Release dates

8 September 2006 (Norway)
2 August 2007 (Germany)
28 June 2007 (Netherlands)
7 September 2007 (UK)

4 January 2008 (Poland)
16 May 2008 (U.S.)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Norway
Language Norwegian

Reprise is a Norwegian film directed by Joachim Trier. Co-written over the course of five years with Eskil Vogt, it is Trier's first feature-length film. In 2006 it was the Norwegian candidate for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.


Two 23-year-olds, Erik and Phillip, dream of becoming successful writers. They idolize the reclusive writer Sten Egil Dahl (a character modeled on Tor Ulven).[1] When they both try to get a manuscript published, Erik's is rejected. Phillip's, on the other hand, is accepted and he becomes a star of the Norwegian literary scene overnight. Phillip meets Kari, with whom he falls in love. Six months later, Erik and his friends pick up Phillip at a psychiatric hospital to bring him home after a long treatment. Erik still hasn't given up his dream, but Phillip isn't able to write anymore, although his friend encourages him to make a new effort. Instead Phillip tries to get his ruined relationship with Kari to start from the beginning again. Dahl provides Erik with constructive feedback on his writing, including insights on how to write more authentically.

Critical reception[edit]

Reprise received generally positive reviews from Western critics. As of August 23, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 87% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 69 reviews.[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 78 out of 100, based on 10 reviews.[3]

Top ten lists[edit]

The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008.[4]

In November 2009, film critics at the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang named Reprise the best Norwegian film of the decade.[5]

Box office performance[edit]

As of July 9, 2008, the film has grossed approximately $1,161,592 worldwide– $514,013 in the United States and Canada and $647,579 in other territories[6] (including $491,785 in Norway[7]).


  • European Film Festival in Lecce
    • The golden Olive: Best Film
    • Best Script
  • Nordic Film Festival in Rouen
    • Best Film
    • Audience Award

Reprise was shown outside of competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.


  1. ^ Reprise (2006) Trivia,, accessed 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Reprise Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Reprise (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Metacritic: 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Selås, Jon (26 November 2009). "Triers tiår". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Reprise (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Reprise (2008) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 

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