REPRISE – 2 Movie Clips, the Trailer and a Exclusive Video Interview with Director Joachim Trier

     May 17, 2008

A great movie currently playing in limited release is “Reprise.” It’s the feature film debut of Joachim Trier, who wrote the screenplay with Eskil Vogt. In its native Norway, the film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the national film awards. Here’s the official synopsis:

The fast-moving story kicks off just as Phillip (ANDERS DANIELSON LIE) and Erik (ESPEN KLOUMAN-HOINER) stand at the mailbox, two cocky, grinning rebels full of 20 year-old verve and dreams, their whole lives hanging in the balance at this singular moment. Each is about to ship off his first novel to publishers, each is hoping to become a wildly influential “cult author,” each has visions of a new life of non-stop intensity, brilliance, romance and nightclubbing.

Fast-forward six months. These reveries have crashed, hard, into reality. Phillip, whose novel garnered instant acclaim and turned him into a mini-celebrity, has had a terrifying breakdown and is just about to be released from a psychiatric hospital. Erik, who never sold his novel, is still pecking away, determined to follow in the footsteps of his undying hero, a reclusive but idolized writing genius, no matter what it takes.

REPRISE explores not just what happens to Phillip and Erik as they pick up the pieces but what might have happened to them, what they imagine could happen, what they fear will possibly happen and what they can’t see actually happening. Nimbly moving both backwards and forwards in time – via a dazzling mix of flashbacks, rapid-fire editing, philosophical voiceovers and comical flights of fancy — the film traces how Erik and Phillip arrived at this precipice where exuberant youth runs into the harsh light of day . . . and witnesses the emotionally gripping aftermath.

What’s great about the movie is the way Joachim Trier tells the story. While it follows the conventional narrative rules, let’s just say he stretches the boundaries of how to tell the story. While a normal movie goes a to b to c, his takes a slightly different route.

Anyway, it’s a great debut and I recommend checking it out. So to help promote it, I’ve got the trailer, some movie clips and an exclusive interview. Take a look.

Reprise Movie Trailer

Movie Clip 1 – Destined for each other

Movie Clip 2 – Just do it

Joachim Trier Video Interview

  • What’s been the experience of promoting the film around the world
  • He does the quick summary of what he film is about
  • What filmmakers influenced him
  • How music is a big part of the movie
  • How hard was it to get financing
  • What’s up with his next movie
  • Is he shooting it in Europe or America

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