Louder Than Bombs
Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, is never easy. Writer/Director Joachim Trier gives us an emotionally poignant family drama that manages to avoid any of the obvious or hackneyed storytelling tropes and it all unfolds on a very humanistic level.
Families are rife with conflict and fractures even at the best of times, however faced with the anniversary of the sudden death of his photojournalist wife Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert), aging high school teacher Gene (Gabriel Byrne) is still having trouble coping and more importantly reconnecting with their two sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid) and both finding themselves at a cross roads with a posthumous exhibition of Isabelle’s work and some family secrets getting ready to unveil themselves.
Rather than hit us over the head with dramatic reveals and high emotion, Trier brings his European sensibility to his English language debut as nothing lands with a clunk but instead with a light as a feather touch. He allows the narrative to wash over us and makes the obstacles that the characters have to deal with all the more realistic. Huppert, Byrne and the always reliable David Strathairn lend some adult and emotionally grounded sensibility while Jesse Eisenberg plays the young adult at a crossroads to a tee while still giving younger brother Devin Druid some well meaning advice.
It’s not a movie that will club you over the head, but much like family it’s subtly really hits home when it needs to.
Tues Sept 15th at 5:45 PM at the Ryerson Theatre
Wed Sept 16th at 12:00 PM at the Ryerson Theatre
Fri Sept 18th at 8:00PM at the Elgin/Winter Garden Theatre