The Worst Person in the World (film)

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The Worst Person in the World
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Theatrical release poster
NorwegianVerdens verste menneske
Directed byJoachim Trier
Written by
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyKasper Tuxen
Edited byOlivier Bugge Coutté
Music byOla Fløttum
Production
companies
Distributed by
  • SF Studios (Norway)
  • Memento Distribution (France)
  • TriArt Film (Sweden)
Release dates
  • 8 July 2021 (2021-07-08) (Cannes)
  • 13 October 2021 (2021-10-13) (France)
  • 15 October 2021 (2021-10-15) (Norway)
  • 19 November 2021 (2021-11-19) (Sweden)
Running time
128 minutes[1]
Countries
  • Norway
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Sweden[2][3]
LanguageNorwegian
Budget€5 million
($5.6 million)[4]
Box office$12.4 million[5]

The Worst Person in the World (Norwegian: Verdens verste menneske) is a 2021 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Joachim Trier.[6][7] It is the third film in the director's "Oslo Trilogy", following Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011). The film premiered in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim, with Renate Reinsve winning the award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.[8][9] At the 94th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay.[10] The score for the film was written by Ola Fløttum.

Plot[edit]

Julie is a medical student in Oslo who transfers to psychology and then photography. In her late 20s, she starts a relationship with Aksel Willman, a comic artist 15 years older than her. Now dabbling in writing, she spends a weekend with Aksel at his parents' house. Aksel floats the idea of starting a family with Julie, but Julie is uncertain. While walking home from a publishing event for Aksel, Julie crashes a wedding reception and meets Eivind, a barista. Though both are in relationships, they spend the night together sharing jokes and intimacies, but without sexual relations. They exchange only their first names and part ways.

Julie writes a short story about feminism and oral sex. Aksel is impressed with it and encourages her to post it online, where it receives attention. She celebrates her 30th birthday at her divorced mother's home but her estranged father fails to attend, claiming back pain. Days later, Julie's half-sister inadvertently reveals that their father was watching her play at a football tournament on the day of her birthday. He makes excuses to decline Aksel's invitation to visit him and Julie in Oslo. While working at a bookstore, Julie encounters Eivind and his girlfriend Sunniva. At dinner with Aksel's brother and sister-in-law, Aksel complains about the sanitised cinematic adaptation of his politically incorrect comic series Bobcat, leaving Julie feeling bored and ignored. She dreams that she goes on a date with Eivind, where they fall in love. The next day, she breaks up with Aksel.

Eivind leaves an obsessively social-justice-and-climate-conscious Sunniva because of her restrictive lifestyle. Julie and Eivind move in together. He hosts a small party where one of his friends uncovers Eivind's stash of psychedelic mushrooms, which Julie consumes, leading to hallucinations. The following night, she confides in Eivind that she can be herself around him, but he seems to ignore her claims. Aksel's brother happens upon Julie at work and discloses that Aksel has inoperable pancreatic cancer. Sometime later, Eivind finds the short story Julie had written. When he assumes it is based on her real-life experiences, Julie angrily denies it and patronises him.

Julie learns she is pregnant and delays telling Eivind. She visits Aksel in the hospital where Aksel confides that he is afraid to die and still loves her. Julie admits that she is pregnant. Despite his assertions that she would be a good mother, she remains frightened. Returning home, Julie tells Eivind about her pregnancy, and they decide to separate while she determines whether she wants to keep the child. After spending time with Aksel, Julie later receives a voicemail from his brother reporting that Aksel is unlikely to survive the night. While showering, she has a miscarriage.

Sometime later, Julie is working as an on-set photographer for a film shoot. She photographs an actress and then sees her outside with Eivind and a baby. She returns home to edit the day's photos.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

MK2 Films secured a sales deal on the film in February 2021.[11] The film had its world premiere in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival on 7 July.[12][13][14] A week later, the film's US distribution rights were sold to Neon, while the India, UK and Ireland rights were acquired by Mubi.[15][16]

The Worst Person in the World had its North American premiere on 11 September as a Gala Presentation at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.[17][18][19] The film was released theatrically in France on 13 October 2021 by Memento Distribution, in Norway on 15 October 2021 by SF Studios and in Sweden on 19 November 2021 by TriArt Film.[20][21][22]

The Worst Person in the World became a part of the Criterion Collection with Blu-ray, and DVD releases on 28 June 2022.[23]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 96% of 237 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.7/10. The website's consensus reads, "The Worst Person in the World concludes Joachim Trier's Oslo Trilogy with a romantic comedy that delightfully subverts the genre's well-worn tropes."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 90 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[25]

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw described the film as "one of Cannes' best" and "an instant classic".[26] Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair called it "exquisite, wistful (and downright sad)", praising the cast performances and Trier's writing.[27] In his review for IndieWire, David Ehrlich gave the film a grade of B and commended Reinsve's performance, stating "If Julie is less of a character than a vividly realized archetype, Reinsve didn’t get the message."[28] Vanity Fair and The Atlantic declared The Worst Person in the World to be the best film of 2021.[29][30]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Cannes Film Festival 17 July 2021 Palme d'Or Joachim Trier Nominated [31]
Best Actress Renate Reinsve Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards 29 November 2021 Best International Feature The Worst Person in the World Nominated [32]
National Board of Review 3 December 2021 Top Five Foreign Language Films Won [33]
New York Film Critics Circle 3 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Won [34]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 6 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [35]
European Film Awards 11 December 2021 Best Screenwriter Joachim Trier Nominated [36]
Best Actress Renate Reinsve Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 15 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Worst Person in the World Nominated [37]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 18 December 2021 Best Actress Renate Reinsve Runner-up [38]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association 20 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Worst Person in the World Runner-up [39]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards January 2022 Best Breakthrough Performance Renate Reinsve Nominated [40]
Most Daring Performance Nominated
National Society of Film Critics 8 January 2022 Best Actress Renate Reinsve Runner-up [41]
Best Supporting Actor Anders Danielsen Lie Won
Belgian Film Critics Association 8 January 2022 Grand Prix The Worst Person in the World Won [42]
San Diego Film Critics Society 10 January 2021 Best International Film Nominated [43]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle 10 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [44]
Austin Film Critics Association 11 January 2022 Best International Film Nominated [45]
Toronto Film Critics Association 16 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film Runner-up [46]
Seattle Film Critics Society 17 January 2022 Best Film Not in the English Language Nominated [47]
Best Actress in a Leading Role Renate Reinsve Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards 19 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Worst Person in the World Nominated [48]
Online Film Critics Society Awards 24 January 2022 Best Picture Nominated [49]
Best Actress Renate Reinsve Nominated
Best Film Not in the English Language The Worst Person in the World Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Awards 6 February 2022 Actress of the Year Renate Reinsve Nominated [50]
Foreign Language Film of the Year The Worst Person in the World Nominated
César Awards 25 February 2022 Best Foreign Film Nominated [51]
Critics' Choice Awards 13 March 2022 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [52]
British Academy Film Awards 13 March 2022 Best Actress in a Leading Role Renate Reinsve Nominated [53]
Best Film Not in the English Language The Worst Person in the World Nominated
Satellite Awards 2 April 2022 Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [54]
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Renate Reinsve Nominated
Academy Awards 27 March 2022 Best Original Screenplay Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier Nominated [55]
Best International Feature Film Norway Nominated
Amanda Award 20 August 2022 People's Amanda [no] The Worst Person in the World Won [56][57][58]
Best Norwegian Film The Worst Person in the World Won
Best Director (film) Joachim Trier Nominated
Best Actress Renate Reinsve Won
Best Supporting Actor Anders Danielsen Lie Won
Herbert Nordrum Nominated
Best Screenplay Eskil Vogt og Joachim Trier Won
Best Sound Design Gisle Tveito Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Ola Fløttum Won
Best Editing Olivier Bugge Coutté Nominated
Best Production Design Roger Rosenberg Nominated
Best Visual Effect Espen Syberg and Kai Kiønig Bortne Nominated
British Independent Film Awards 4 December 2022 Best International Independent Film Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, Thomas Robsahm Pending [59]
Goya Awards 11 February 2023 Best European Film The Worst Person in the World Pending [60]

See also[edit]

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