*Warning: contains some spoilers*
Reprise is a Norwegian film directed by Joachim Trier released in 2006. The film follows two writers, Phillip and Eric, on their quest to become successful authors and along the way; it tackles themes of love, ambition, possibilities and friendship.
To explain my views on Reprise simply if this movie were chopped in half, one half would be good and the other would be complete rubbish.
Phillip’s relationship with Kari (his on and off girlfriend) is by far the most intriguing part of the film. At the beginning of the film, Phillip suffers a mental breakdown and it is later revealed that the breakdown led to him obsessing over Kari. Through out the film, Phillip’s main goal is to reconcile his relationship with Kari. Watching a confused Phillip trying to win back Kari’s love once more, whilst also attempting to decipher how he truly feels about her at the same time, is generally a touching experience. Phillip’s recurring attempts to count down from ten to one reveal how desperate he is to fall in love with her again as when he first met her; he counted how long it took for her to fall in love with him on their first date in Paris.
However, the problem is, to reach these interesting segments with Phillip and Kari, we have to stomach the dull and irritating followings of Eric. Eric’s ‘story’ of getting his book published completely drags down the film. I never felt invested in Eric’s struggle to get published and overall, he came off as a very smug and unlikable person and if I fail to connect with the character, why should I care about his success?
Overall, the acting was decent and there were a few laughs to be had here and there but really, it’s the divided attention of the story that really lets this film down the most.
Reprise definitely has the potential to become a thought provoking moving film but sadly, for me, it ultimately failed to entice. This does not mean, by any stretch of the imagination, that Reprise is a horrible tragedy of cinema, of course not. In fact, I could see how some people could like such a film. For me, Reprise just seemed like a boring convoluted mess: it was not my sort of film.
Then again, if could have been worse.
It could have been even more convoluted and boring…