Louder than Bombs

Louder than Bombs

Louder than Bombs

Intimate drama about a family grieving over their deceased mother/wife. Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert and Amy Ryan.

On the eve of an exhibition honouring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed (Huppert), whose career was cut short in the wake of her untimely death, a father and two sons grapple with her domestic and professional legacy. Flashbacks of Isabelle’s conflated role of wife, mother and photojournalist intermingle with the present-day attempts of the Reeds to manage their grief amid combat of a different kind.

Family patriarch Gene (Byrne) discovers secrets about his late spouse while pursuing a new romance and struggling to connect with teenage son Conrad (Devin Druid), who hides in video games and introspection. Adult son Jonah (Eisenberg) takes leave from academic and married life to organise his mother’s archive, only to slip into reckless behaviour. Past and present coalesce in sharp focus as the surviving Reeds come to terms with love and loss — locating in memories both painful and joyous the skills they need to soldier on…

2015Rating: M, Mature themes, sex scenes, coarse langauge and nudity109 minsNorway, France, Denmark
Drama

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Louder than Bombs / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Manages to be glaringly obvious and admirably subtle in the same breath.

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Time Out

Time Out

A tasteful grieving-family weepie, it's conceived and performed with utmost sincerity, yet lacks the intemperate human authenticity...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The characters are so carefully drawn that they can feel smaller than life, and the dramatic space they inhabit has a curiously abstract feeling.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A rather silly, pointless and directionless film.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Beneath the well-worn dysfunctional-family setup are bracing observations of the human coping mechanism.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

While it's well acted and has strong moments on a scene-by-scene basis, the film lacks an emotional center, keeping the impact cool and diffuse where it should be affecting.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...a measured, meditative reflection on grief, memory and identity....

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