The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

  • Released: 2021-10-13
  • Runtime: 127 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Stars: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, Maria Grazia Di Meo, Hans Olav Brenner, Marianne Krogh, Helene Bjørnebye, Vidar Sandem, Anna Dworak, Thea Stabell, Deniz Kaya, Lasse Gretland, Karen Røise Kielland, Karla Nitteberg Aspelin, Sofia Schandy Bloch, Savannah Marie Schei, Eia Skjønsberg, Nataniel Nordnes, Rebekka Jynge, Gisle Tveito, Ruby Dagnall, Ine Jansen, Torgny Amdam, Sigrid Sollund, Are Skeie Hermansen, Siri Forberg, August Wilhelm Méd Brenner, Tumi Løvik Jakobson, Jonathan Nielssen, Maren Emilie Haagenrud Buskoven, Olav Stubberud, Martin Gran, Geir Ørnholt, Tobias Klemeyer Smith, Trygve Indrelid, Trude Schjelderup Iversen, Zoe Maland Rogers, Jonas Lund, Hildur Kristinsdottir, Johanna Brym Ryg, Thomas Teige, Margrethe Glambek
  • Director: Joachim Trier
  • CinemaSerf - 16 April 2024
    The Worst Person in the World
    Told by way of a cleverly accumulating, chapterised, style this tells the tale of the restless "Julie" (Renate Reinsve) who having drifted, as many do, into a mundane and routine life with her loving boyfriend, decides that life has to be for the living and so sets off on a few life-adventures. I wonder if we are supposed to pick which of the men she aligns with over the following four years? They are different, they tick boxes with her, but maybe the whole point is that one size doesn't fit all and the perfection, or maybe just the satisfaction, she seeks is idealistic and naive. She tries her hand at most things in the search for a sense of fulfilment - but can that ever be truly reached if you have an restive nature? The acting is strong and very natural. As the twelve episodes develop, we see a distinct (if not necessarily positive) development in her character. Her boyfriends, the successful "Ansel" (Anders Danielsen Lie) and the handsome but flighty "Elvind" (Herbert Nordrum) gel well together on screen. Their character traits are explored by each other and by us simultaneously. We have to make our own judgements about their behaviour, too. When is cheating, well, not cheating? What is cheating? Nobody really knows what is going to happen - or, indeed, what anyone actually wants to happen! The ending let's it down a bit - a little melodrama that I found a little too convenient rather than touching; but all told this is an excellent observation of modern life and the choices and green devils it offers us all. Well worth a watch.
  • m-abtahi - 28 January 2024
    A Multifaceted Journey through Life's Complexities
    "The Worst Person In The World" is a Norwegian film from 2021, primarily falling under the psychological genre. It offers a distinctive narrative by dissecting an individual's life into various stages, unfolding the story through separate titles that explore different aspects of life.

    From others to deception, relationships, family, bad timing, highs, and several other themes, the film takes on a flavorful and captivating form. Each segment adds a unique layer to the overall narrative, providing a nuanced and intriguing perspective on the protagonist's journey.

    The involvement of a witty writer and humorist, along with the influence of Instagram, plays a significant role in this multifaceted storytelling process, enriching the viewing experience.
  • nataliapazio - 11 January 2023
    About how woman's indvidualisation makes her seem the worst
    I'm rather into indie films and I was pretty satisfied with the movie. I liked the script, dialogues and cinematography as well. All characters seem to be real in their imperfections, every one was unique and different, have flaws but also virtues.

    Main character was definitely like a Bambi, every leg in different direction on ice. Some parts of her were very relatable to me as a modern 30. Woman having some similar experiences, but definitely I'm different person and couldn't emphatize with Julia in many cases. Although I think she was pretty convincing and complex character.

    I would like to highlight that this is movie is still male view on woman, as director is a man. I personally think that some male features were presented via female character, to make audience feel like she is the worst, because it is easier to judge women for general population. Still, men are permitted more whereas women are perceived the worst for doing more male things: being individual.

    This is why she was charmed by Aksel's individuality and non-conforming attitude, even knowing he was making sexist stances and jokes in his comics.

    He was like her mirror: immersed in his interests and a thought processes that was a bit pretentious at times, but at the same time very genuine, esp. At the end of his life. He also changed his mind and was indecisive towards having kids, just like Julia. But when he was forcing her to have a child at some point, without listening to her, it was repulsive for me and I'm surprised everyone here is concerned mainly on Julia's imperfections, whereas others questionable behaviors are less visible for reviewers here.

    This film shows that similar behaviors are judged differently depending on gender: Julia writes provocative article and is not judged harshly, but Aksel is cancelled for his comics; Julia don't want to have a kid and is judged, but everyone overlooked that Askel changed his mind and didn't want to have kids. Julia hurt Elsvid, bc she wants more has some intelectual needs unmet, so she is the worst, but Aksel also used her to his benefit "as a break from his job", but this is "normal" for a male so it is unseen by the public. This film portray it perfectly!

    It also seems that at the end she became like Aksel in some way.
  • fciocca - 30 November 2022
    A well made and entertaining movie about a 30 years old woman searching her own path.
    Even if the plot of "The Worst Person in the World" is a fictional story, the screenwriters and the director had a realistic approach. The movie is about Julie, a 30 years old woman with no clear ideas related to her future: she cannot find a university faculty that can satisfy her interests, she does not really know which career she wants to pursue and her idea of love is pretty mixed up. This leads to a series of unstable relationships. The dialogues between characters are very complete and the creators deepened not only the protagonist, but also all the other side characters. By the end of the film we have a clear picture of the environment that surrounds Julie and we can understand everything that we need to know about her, no rocks were left unturned. The film is splitted in 12 different chapters that trace the crucial steps of her life. This was a good choice and personally I think that this structure makes the film flow way better. My only complaint here is that part 11 and 12 were a bit too dragged, the dialogues are too long and they do not add any value to the picture.

    The photography is simple and neat, this matches perfectly with the general mood of the film. There were a couple of creative ideas for some shots, but nothing too crazy: the DOP and the director were consistent. I watched "The Worst Person in the World" in the original language and I have to say that all the actors were talented and they involved me into this narrative, overall a very competent cast. I feel that I need to mention Renata Reinsve who portrayed a complicated and at times narcissistic woman wonderfully. If you like slow-paced films with a deep character study and a meaningful story, I highly recommend it.
  • lillarnell - 15 October 2022
    I absolutely hated this movie. The main character is horrible and not in a fun way, if she was in her early 20's I could understand her motivations/ behavior but she is in her early 30's. The other characters are plain boring and the conversations that come up several times never go anywhere and don't for the whole movie, they are just conversations for the sake of bringing up topics. The movie tries to be artsy with no point to it except to fill out the movie. The acting is decent but the movie overall is just a waste of time, boring, pointless, the main character has no arch at all. Garbage.
  • tpivsaev - 30 August 2022
    All those stupid sleepless nights
    I like it and hate it at the same time. It's stylish, the girls are all pretty, the boys are all handsome, Renate is sexy as heck but kinda low-key. And yet it's so boring. There are some of the greatest movie scenes I watched in the last few years. Tiktok format, no longer than 60 seconds, but so cool and pretty and beautiful. The toilet scene is pure gold. And yet... Three seatings in and I still haven't been able to watch it in full. And I still feel like I'm missing the point. I seriously don't get it. Okay, there is a whity-white girl (and a pretty one!) from whity-white country with some whity-white problems. There are her lovers. There are beautiful apartments and parties full of beautiful Norwegian people. Heroine wants to do something she is passionate about and maybe something creative. Also she is a feminist. And she is kinda talented, but not really. Did I mention her lovers?