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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.

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Joachim Trier

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Joachim Trier (screenplay), Eskil Vogt (screenplay)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years.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

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Break the silence

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Drama

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

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Country:

Norway | France | Denmark | USA

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English | French

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Plus fort que les bombes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,259, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$161,789
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1.85 : 1
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Jonah Reed, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is a professor of Sociology. Jesse's father is a Sociology professor at a college. See more »

Quotes

Conrad: ...the most times I've jerked off in one day... 7.
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Features Hello Again (1987) See more »

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Let's don't talk about it
28 April 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Sometimes we just can't "get over it". Three years after a war photographer dies in a suspicious car accident, her husband and two sons find themselves in various states of emotional distress. Everyone deals with guilt in their own way, but these three seem to be doing anything and everything to avoid actually dealing with the emotional fallout.

Writer/director Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31) delivers his first English-speaking film with an assist from co-writer Eskil Vogt and a terrific cast. As we would expect from Mr. Trier, it's a visually stylish film with some stunning images … and the timeline is anything but simple as we bounce from past to present, and from the perspective of different characters (sometimes with the same scene).

The creativity involved with the story telling and technical aspects have no impact whatsoever on the pacing. To say that the film is meticulously paced would be a kind way of saying many viewers may actually get restless/bored with how slowly things move at times. Trier uses this pacing to help us experience some of the frustration and discomfort that each of the characters feel.

Isabelle Huppert plays the mother/wife in some wonderful flashback and dream-like sequences, while Gabriel Byrne plays her surviving husband. Jesse Eisenberg as Jonah, and Devin Druid as Conrad are the sons, and as brothers they struggle to connect with each other … just as the father struggles to connect with each of them. In fact, it's a film filled with characters who lie to each other, lie to themselves, and lie to others. It's no mystery why they are each miserable in their own way. The suppressed emotions are at times overwhelming, and it's especially difficult to see the youngest son struggle with social aspects of high school … it's a spellbinding performance from Devin Druid ("Olive Kitteridge").

Jesse Eisenberg manages to tone down his usual hyper-obnoxious mannerisms, yet still create the most unlikable character in the film … and that's saying a lot. Mr. Byrne delivers a solid performance as the Dad who is quite flawed, and other supporting work is provided by David Strathairn and Amy Ryan. The shadow cast by this woman is enormous and deep … and for nearly two hours we watch the family she left behind come to grips with her death and each other. It's a film done well, but only you can decide if it sounds like a good way to spend two hours.


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