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April 08, 2016 at 03:22 PM EDT

Louder Than Bombs

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
109 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/08/16
performer
Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert
director
Joachim Trier
genre
Drama
We gave it a B

Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s touching-but-too-remote English-language debut explores how a father (Gabriel Byrne) and two sons (Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid) grapple with the death of their wife and mother (Isabelle Huppert in flashbacks). While Byrne is solid (as always) and Eisenberg is restrained (a relief after his manic Lex Luthor), it’s newcomer Druid whose scenes pack the most power and force. His awkward high school misfit retreats into a vibrant, soulful inner world that’s convincingly confused and messy. He’s the realest thing in the film. B

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