Erik and Phillip are friends and they are writers. Both write a novel and send it off to a publisher. Overnight, Phillip (right) becomes a success. Erik (left) isn't as lucky, not just yet. Soon after, Phillip has a breakdown and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Upon his release, he doesn't write. Erik encourages him but Phillip doesn't seem to have it in him any longer. Erik has continued to write, fueled by Phillip's success. Then, their roles of power shift somewhat and the movie takes another turn, rich with love, obsession, admiration and enduring friendship. It's about striving for something and then dealing with the reality which may be different than anticipated.
Watching Reprise is like going to an fantastic party. You show up. It takes time to get started. You engage in some conversations. The party gets rolling and you are having a blast, you're listening to great music, dancing, meeting new folks, exchanging numbers. You know you'll see your new friends again, but wait the party isn't over yet. This movie is long. It might have been shorter but you settle into it quite well, so that when it ends, you wish for it to be mid-swing again. Oh, and the soundtrack is off-the-hook.
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At the end though, you aren't sure what is real and what isn't. Is the ending the story ending or is it really the movie ending? You are left wondering. And, the screenplay writers play tricks on you as well. There's a line in the movie where a famous writer the two characters have greatly admired all their lives, advises Erik not to be too poetic at the end. Is this exactly what the movie does? You decide and let me know.
Themes: friendship, love, writing, success, failure
Director: Joachim Trier
Time: 106 minutes