ZFF 2020 #22
Charter is a classic work by a director still finding their feet in the feature-length format. It's confidently staged and generally very well put together, but once you go beyond these surface-level merits, there's not that much there.
Yes, Ane Dahl Torp gives a good performance – so good, in fact, that she turns her exasperating character into quite an engaging presence – and I'd imagine this is not an inaccurate portrayal of a messy divorce.
However, Kernell also does that thing where characters' motivations and psychological states lack consistency and are rather haphazardly adapted to whatever a given scene is meant to illustrate, no matter the emotional arc. Plus, Charter revels in one of my foremost narrative pet peeves – mistaking vagueness for subtlety.