Movie Diary 12/7/2021

The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier, 2021). A really pretty lovely account of a few years in the life of a young woman, Julie (Renate Reinsve), as she navigates uncertainty and men in Oslo. The different sections of the film – a long sequence in which Julie crashes a wedding, for instance – are vivid and detailed, and if some things seem familiar, the approach makes them fresh.

The Souvenir Part II (Joanna Hogg, 2021). The first Souvenir was one of the best films of recent years, so if the second part feels short of that standard, that’s not a huge knock. This one takes up where we left off, and spends more time at film school as Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) struggles to make art in the wake of tragedy. Both movies are about young women named Julie, yes.