Joachim Trier’s ‘Louder Than Bombs’ Comes Back to Life
Although a wealth of young talent has emerged in the past half-decade, there are few filmmakers whose work has moved me as strongly as that of Norwegian director Joachim Trier. His two films Reprise and Oslo, August 31st are not only two of my favorite films of their respective years, but two of my most beloved films ever. Trier’s work is poetic and haunting, visceral and honest, telling stories of friendship, illness, love, ambition, foolishness, and intellect that are both playful in style and striking in frankness. His films are melancholic and at times deeply saddening, yet always with a tinge of hope that penetrates through.
There’s a quality to Reprise and Oslo that feels reminiscent of Wim Wenders—a refreshing and almost spiritual exploration of existential quandaries and what it means to simply exist. (Sidenote: you haven’t seen either one of them, I would suggest heading to Netlfix or Hulu immediately and doing so.) And since Oslo‘s release in 2012, there’s been talk of Louder Than Bombs, Trier’s next feature, his English-language debut.
But after being put on the shelf last year, due to a lack of funding, personally, I was heartbroken at the prospect of going another year without a new Trier feature. However, now it appears that Franco-German TV network Arte and their cinematic branch Arte France Cinema will be backing the feature—and I could not be more thrilled.
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, and Jesse Eisenberg, Louder Than Bombs revolves around a famous, late war photographer (played by Huppert). The film will center around, “the eve of a retrospective of her work, some three years after her untimely death, [when] her husband and two sons discover an unsettling secret from her past” with Eisenberg taking on the role of the son with Byrne as the father. Co-written with his long-time collaborator Eskil Vogt, the film will take place in Germany and the US. And speaking about Louder Than Bombs, Trier has said that it is, “a character-driven piece so I am obviously thrilled to have such incredible actors working with me on this…Isabelle, Jesse, and Gabriel are all actors I have wanted to work with for a long time, so having them play together as one family feels remarkable.”
We’ll of course be keeping a close eye on this one, but in the meantime, check out our in-depth look at the quiet allure of Oslo, August 31st, as well as Joachim discussing his favorite films.