LOUDER THAN BOMBS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - TB

Di­rected by Joachim Trier. Star­ring Jesse Eisen­berg, Gabriel Byrne, Devin Druid, Is­abelle Hup­pert, David Strathairn, Amy Ryan, Rachel Bros­na­han Fas­ci­nat­ing, odd drama con­cern­ing a wid­ower (Byrne, ex­cel­lent) pro­cess­ing com­pli­ca­tions con­cern­ing the death of his photographer wife (Hup­pert). He tries hard, but can’t break through the cara­pace erected by his two sons (self­ish Eisen­berg and con­fused Druid). This tan­gle of de­cep­tion is played out in lengthy si­lences, un­wanted of­fers of tacos and break­fast, and loop­ing mono­logues. Trier’s screen­play, co-au­thored by Blind di­rec­tor Eskil Vogt, might be overly lit­er­ary were it not for the di­rec­tor’s lay­ers of im­age and mon­tage. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 109 min

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