Friday, December 9, 2016

Louder Than Bombs 2015

     Isabelle Reed was a photographer and reporter with conflict zones her specialty.  A celebration exhibition is going to be held after her death in a car accident.  Some events in her life are shown in flashbacks.  Her oldest son Jonah has come back to attend and visit with his father and younger brother Conrad.  Gene is trying to connect with his two sons but they are all still struggling with the death of an important person in their life.
    There are a LOT of complications and feelings in this film about birth, life and death.  Gene, Jonah and Conrad have different viewpoints, emotions and memories of Isabelle.  There is a truth not revealed to Conrad that Gene and Jonah know.  They don’t know if Conrad can handle what they know.  I could not get interested in this film?  2 1/2* (This movie is just so-so)
109 min, Drama directed by Joachim Trier with Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppet, Devin Druid, Amy Ryan, Ruby Jerins, Megan Ketch, David Strathairn, Rachel Brosnahan, Russell Posner.
Note:  Imdb 6.6 out of 10, 72% critic 54% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 3.2* out of 5* with 76 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in various locations in New York.  The title was changed to Back Home for release in France because of the terrorist attacks.  The character played by Jesse Eisenberg is a professor of Sociology.  Jesse’s father is a college Sociology professor.  Jesse's hair is completely different from his usual style.

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