First-time director Joachim Trier was inspired by the fluid narratives and youthful exuberance of French New Wave cinema to create a wholly original perspective on fame, ambition and alienation. With an ensemble cast led by rising young stars Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman-Høiner and Viktoria Winge, “Reprise” delicately balances tender humor, sharp wit and brutal tragedy in a hip and stylish account of a group of dedicated young artists striving for success.
“Reprise” became an international sensation as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and New York’s New Directors/New Films, and winner of the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Critics heaped praise on the film with Manohla Dargis of the New York Times calling it “A Coolly funny, touching, exhilaratingly intelligent meditation on identity and friendship.” Jeff Craig of Sixty Second Preview gave it “4 stars” saying “Reprise” is “An elegant and sophisticated film. Stylish and thoughtful.” Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times praised it as “Thoughtfully playful and unassumingly charming.”
Set in Oslo and Paris, “Reprise” combines voiceover, flash forwards, flights of fancy and inspired visuals to tell the story of Phillip (Anders Danielsen Lie) and Erik (Espen Klouman-Hoiner), a pair of lifelong friends who share a passion for punk rock and cult novelists, and a dream of achieving fame and fortune as writers. When both young men submit their first novels for publication, Phillip’s book is immediately accepted, while Erik collects rejection letters. As Erik continues to live the life of a struggling artist, success exacts a terrible price on Phillip and the friends find themselves in vastly different world from the one they had imagined together.
The “Reprise” DVD includes over 50 minutes of bonus features including casting of “Reprise,” anecdotes from the set told by cast and crew and deleted scenes making this DVD an experience you don’t want to miss.
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