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Reprise (2006)

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman-Høiner, Viktoria Winge

Getting writing and the literati right on film is no easy task. More often than not, filmmakers fuck it up, and the use of characters that write, especially in a contemporary setting, feels hokey. Like last year's The Words with Bradley Cooper. That's a crap movie.

Reprise, with its careful details, gets it right. The film opens with two friends submitting manuscripts for the first time. Phillip's novel is published and he becomes an overnight success (also a mental case). Erik's is rejected. The film picks up as Erik tries to help his sad friend.

A televised interview between two authors rings hilariously true, but mostly Reprise works because it doesn't call the characters writers and leave it that. That's what Hollywood would do. Erik and Phillip are flesh and blood creations, built by the screenplay and the performances. They're writers second.

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