The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★

I remember being left a little underwhelmed by both Oslo, August 31st and Thelma, so I did not expect The Worst Person in the World to be such a rich, unassuming, emotionally generous affair. Trier really nails some of the key aspects of what it means to grow up (i.e. turn 30) in this day and age – wanting to be "big" in a sea of miniature celebrities, (not) procreating in the face of climate change, the fear of having reached a point where the outcome of a decision will be how things are for the rest of your life – while the episodic structure keeps him from belabouring any of his issues.

It's also incredibly refreshing to see a movie wrestle honestly with the upsides and downsides of the digital world and its influence on civic life, without resorting to holier-than-thou moralising (an unexpected but thorougly logical point of contact with Eighth Grade). Trier may never come closer to veering into maudlin kitsch (without actually crossing the line) than in the final sequences with Aksel, but I still found those discussions of memory, being overtaken by the world, and giving up on the future to be deeply moving. "I remember things about you that you have forgotten."

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