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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.


Joachim Trier


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





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)


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death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years.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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Break the silence



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Norway | France | Denmark | USA


English | French

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Plus fort que les bombes See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First Norwegian film since 1979 to be featured at Cannes Film Festival in the main competition. See more »


Isabelle: After this, I'll slow down, I promise.
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References Billy Elliot (2000) See more »


Written by Ola Fløttum
©2016 The Orchard
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Just a little too sir real for my taste.
12 April 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I think the synopsis I read took me in the wrong direction. It was focus on Gabriel Byrne playing a man who lost his wife, a photojournalist, and is piecing together more info being uncovered on his wife's dead. That was a small part of a bigger emotional story that went over all those involved when a person commits suicide.

The filmmaker used a very unconventional narrative to paint the picture of what would cause a person who seems to have a perfect existence commit suicide and everyone's attempt to figure out the same thing.

It was like a Terrence Malick film, just running with emotion, but without the beautiful cinematography.

The dialog is not saying much, it seems to be more about how characters are reacting towards each other. It's more realistic than just straight up telling the story, which is cool.

I must admit though, I did not understand Jesse Eisenberg's role in this movie at all. He plays the son who seems good on the outside, but a terrible one in the inside, a role he played well, but what purpose did this element really have in the movie, I do not known.

On the flip side, the character of Conrad, the youngest son, was the most interesting person to follow. The life of a teenage wreck coming apart after his mother's death was done dramatically, and so emotionally bankable.

I did understand the emotional connection Louder Than Bombs is trying to lay down on me, but I did not find it all that interesting to watch. mostly Just long and dull.

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