Reprise, the first film from Norwegian director Joachim Trier (who also co-wrote the script with Eskil Vogt), is a serious spree: a bittersweet yet also romping reverie about the way that people become artists in the new millennium.
Punk rock, high literature, the group allegiances of almost-grown males who alternate bravado with fear, and the heady emotions of young adulthood course through the lives of the two main characters, Philip (Anders Danielsen Lie) and Erik (Espen Klouman-Hoiner). They share a cosseted upbringing on the wealthy side of Oslo, a yen for language and an authentic friendship that transcends everything except Philip's love for the lissome Kari (Viktoria Winge) and Erik's surprisingly tough and durable artistic ambition.
They both begin as writers simultaneously, but their fates diverge and twist amid a backdrop of volatile relationships and fickle pop and cultural celebrity. This movie operates like an emotional seismograph that's equally comic and dramatic in its peaks and valleys.
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