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DESCRIPTION: From one of the producers of the Academy Award(R)-winning NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN(Best Picture, 2007), comes this critically acclaimed,
postmodern Norwegian coming-of-age story. REPRISE follows two aspiring novelists and lifelong friends journeying down different paths after one's first novel receives wild acclaim and the other a pile of rejection slips. Filled with infectious energy, filmed in French New Wave style and featuring a stellar up-and-coming young cast, REPRISE is an extraordinary film you'll want to experience again and again.

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  • Actors: Elisabeth Sand, Sigmund Sæverud, Henrik Mestad, Odd Magnus Williamson, Espen Klouman-Hoiner
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MIRAMAX
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reprise" on IMDb

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The Norwegian drama, "Reprise," is the first feature-length work by Danish-born director Joachim Trier - a premier effort that bodes great things for his future as a filmmaker. He is clearly alive to the possibilities of the medium, as reflected in the original, highly idiosyncratic style he brings to the film. Trier deftly employs many of the tools of the filmmaker's trade - narration, flashbacks, flash forwards, near-subliminal quick cuts to show imagined events, etc. - to convey his story. Yet, rare for a newcomer, Trier never indulges in any of these "tricks" for their own sweet sake or to call attention to his own ingenuity; they are always placed at the service of the material, never the other way around.
Best friends from childhood, Erik and Phillip share the hope of one day becoming writers whose works will go beyond the merely commercial to challenge the status quo - thereby earning them the coveted status of "cult" authors. As it turns out, Phillip's novel is published, but Erik's is not, yet Phillip winds up paying a price for his success, namely an emotional breakdown that has Erik performing a near-round-the-clock suicide-prevention watch on his friend. Meanwhile, Erik continues on with his writing, experiencing success and disappointment - both professional and personal - along the way.

Erik and Phillip are both extremely complex characters, and Trier provides no penny-ante analysis to make them more easily understandable for the audience. Sometimes it's hard to tell what exactly it is that is bothering the two, except that, in Philip's case at least, it might be actual mental illness that lies at the root of his problem.
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In the debut film by Joachim Trier, childhood friends Erik and Phillip (Espen Klouman-Høiner and Anders Danielsen Lie) embark on a life as novelists. They send their first novel out on the same day. Only Phillip's is published. Then Phillip meets Kari and his art seems like shallow inspiration compared to his passion for his girlfriend. For reasons which aren't made clear in the film, (a head injury from a car accident, passion, the pressure of fame?) Phillip has a nervous breakdown and enters a mental institution.

When Phillip leaves the mental institution, Erik gets his book published while keeping a careful eye on Phillip. Phillip realizes he isn't the artist he thought he was. He has no desire to write and feels that his first success was a good regurgatation of a writer hero he and Erik both admire. He hints that he believes Erik's novel may be the same. Erik isn't willing to accept this and decides to leave behind the negative influences on his life in Oslo. Phillip reenters the mental institution-probably for good. Phillip is destroyed by the fact that his dreams were disappointing and Erik embarks on another course-reaffirming his life ambition by continuing to write.

Gorgeously filmed, good acting and a stimulating script. Avoids all cliche and pretension and is very original. It may be a bit artsy and slow for some. Don't expect fireworks. But if you find the themes I mentioned interesting, you'll find some redemption in Reprise.
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Joachim Trier won a Best Director award from the Czech Republic's oldest film festival (since 1946), Karlovy Vary International Film Festiva. The film won the Discovery Award from the Toronto Film Festival. The story is quite gripping & brings you into the lives, hopes and disappointments of the characters. Blond Espen Klouman-Hoiner plays Erik whose novel is at first not successful. His good looks, nervous energy, flashing a smile that quickly fades make for an edgy performance. His best friend is Phillip. Played well by Anders Danielsen Lie, they send off their novels on the same day. As Phillip, Lie experiences initial success & then sinks into depression, writers block and pursues an existentialist questioning on the value of life. After being institutionalized, he loses his desire to write. Meanwhile, Erik rewrites and resubmits his book to great acclaim. Both men idolize established reclusive writer Sten Egil Dahl played by the taciturn Sigmund Severud. Erik connects with him and is affected by his idol's suicide. At first, I wondered if the pals were more than friends. They hang out with their buddies such as the egoistic Lars played by Christian Rubeck and the earthy Geir played by Pal Stokka. Then we see that Phillip has had an obsessive romance with the lovely Kari played by Viktoria Winge. This leads him to an apparent suicide attempt and close scrutiny by Erik and Phillip's mother. Erik meanwhile has a superficial relationship with Lillian that he can't find a way to break off. Silje Hagen plays Lillian, who eventually boots Erik, much to his puzzlement & relief. Both men seem to find their way through life, not overly happy, but with enough satisfaction in accomplishment. This is a special story with emotional depth and strong performances from fresh faces. Enjoy!
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To anyone reading this: Congratulations, you have made a great discovery with this little piece of Norwegian cinema. Reprise is a film that successfully combines poignant drama with entertaining storytelling. Ostensibly, this is a film about two young writers negotiating social lives, literary ambitions and their friendship. On a deeper level, it's a story that delves into what it means to realize that one cannot live well through just writing, listening to unique music, and avoiding clichés. Along the way, there are moments that are funny, moments that are sad, and moments that are inspiring.

On the technical side, the film is endlessly surprising. According to those in the know, it's filmed in what is called the "French New Wave" style. I have no idea what that means, but from Reprise, I can assume that it is like crossing Run Lola Run with Snatch. Trier does it well and keeps the film from ever feeling very superficial.

Admittedly, young male viewers might identify more with Erik and Philip (and the immature lives they lead with their friends), but this shouldn't stop anyone from checking the film out. There is a story here for everyone about expectations and reality, friendship and ambition. In my opinion, Reprise is one of the most fascinating films of the last decade and one that certainly deserves more than just one thoughtful viewing.
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