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Louder Than Bombs (2015)

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The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Director:

Joachim Trier

Writers:

Joachim Trier (screenplay), Eskil Vogt (screenplay)
12 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Gene
Isabelle Huppert ... Isabelle
Jesse Eisenberg ... Jonah
Devin Druid ... Conrad
Amy Ryan ... Hannah
Ruby Jerins ... Melanie
Megan Ketch ... Amy
David Strathairn ... Richard
Rachel Brosnahan ... Erin
Russell Posner ... Kenneth
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... The Agency Woman
Donna Mitchell ... The Curator
Harry Ford ... Ralph
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Principal
Luke Robertson ... Man Behind Counter (Coffee Shop)
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Storyline

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

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Taglines:

Break the silence

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content, nudity and violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway | France | Denmark | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Plus fort que les bombes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,259, 10 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$161,789, 22 May 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Joachim Trier's third feature film, and first English-language film. See more »

Quotes

Isabelle: One morning you're over there doing something you feel is important, but it's hard as well, you know? You can't wait to go back home. Then finally you're there. You always arrive exhausted, having changed plans like four times.
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Features Hello Again (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hunted Twice
Written by Otto Totland (as O.A. Totland), Erik Skodvin (as E.K. Skodvin)
Copyright Controlled
Performed by Deaf Center
(P)2011 Type Recordings
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A portrait of grief
4 October 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

Louder than Bombs is a frustrating movie because it's so beautifully edited and directed but everything about it just falls flat.

The film is about the Reeds, a family made up of a father and his two sons, one an adult starting his own family, the other a teen, who are all coping with the loss of the mother of the family Isabelle, a war photographer who died 4 years earlier. The events in the film are triggered because a retrospective of Isabelle's work is being put on and a friend and journalist writing an article regarding her life warns Isabelle's widow that he plans to be "honest" about the way she died implying that the car crash she died in might not have been accidental after all. The rest of the film follows these three men as they stumble around their lives, reminiscing about the Isabelle they knew and didn't know and struggling to move forward.

It's a very watchable film, but it's also somehow not enough. The struggles of the film feel self-indulgent and it's one of those films where women exist only to be lusted over or listen sympathetically to the men as they talk about their problems and throw tantrums. Even legendary actress Isabelle Huppert, as the ghost that haunts the family, doesn't get much to chew on. The worst part is that it's a movie that isn't easy to write off entirely. The youngest son is a bit of a writer and the way his text is layered over with images leads to some beautiful editing and some true movie magic. It's just a shame that these great moments don't quite live up to what they could have been if they had had strong emotion to back them up.


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