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June 3–9, 2016

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Louder Than Bombs

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"An eloquent inquiry into grieving and the elusiveness of truth"
  —Los Angeles Times
"[Trier] possesses that rare ability to deconstruct his material without denying us the simple beauties of a well-told story... For all the film's seemingly unusual narrative choices, you emerge from it thinking this story couldn't properly be told any other way"
  —Village Voice
"A moving, essential take on family, war and loss... There are moments of almost unspeakable beauty in the film"
  —New York Observer
"A film as complicated as the fictional lives it depicts, big insights echoing like the distant roar of explosion"
  —AV Club
"Richly detailed, sensitively played and cleverly mounted"
  —Screen International
3 stars½ "A delicate, complex film that lingers, unpacking itself in your mind"
  —NewCity Chicago

Norwegian director Joachim Trier's (Oslo, 31 August) English-language debut, Louder Than Bombs explores the grief and dislocation felt by a widower (Gabriel Byrne) and his two sons (Devin Druid and Jesse Eisenberg) following the death of their wife and mother, Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert).

A war photographer based in Syria, Isabelle's return to a suburban life after wartime violence left her in a fragile state and the possibility that she committed suicide opens up old wounds for her family. It soon becomes clear that the family continues to grieve without closure, as Conrad constantly avoids any form of contact by hiding behind his computer screen and Gene, who is finding it extremely difficult to tell his youngest son the possible reason for Isabelle's death, attempts to console himself with a secret new love-affair. Past and present collide in this psychologically acute portrait of unbearable loss in this stark examination of artistic ambition, grief, and regret.

Directed by Joachim Trier, 2015, Norway/France/Denmark, 109 mins.


  • Fri., Jun. 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Jun. 4–5 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Jun. 6–9 at 7:30 pm
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