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Is it possible for a contemporary America drama dealing with grief not be referred to using the “post-9/11” prefix? Louder Than Bombs charts the emotional complexities of a middle-class New York family as a retrospective article about their deceased war photographer mother/wife is published in the New York Times, resurfacing their most base fragilities. There is nothing in the film that remotely refers back to that harrowing event in American history, yet for many audiences it's embedded in the subtext - New Yorkers who are confused how to react after this unexpected turbulent event in their lives.

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If you haven’t seen Norwegian writer/director Joachim Trier’s previous films, Reprise and Oslo, August 31st, then clear your plans for the evening, track down these films, and settle in for some feels. They’re two of the most empathetic films of recent years, applying complex emotional landscapes to potentially unlikable young men. In doing so, Trier and co-writer Eskil Vogt capture just how vulnerable we are to life’s blows and remind us that people deserve more compassion than we often mete out.

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