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Last night, Joachim Trier's film The Worst Person in the World had its world premiere in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Worst Person In The World  01, © Oslo Pictures

It is the first time in 42 years that a Norwegian-language film is shown in the main competition in Cannes, but already the third time director Joachim Trier has a film at the world's most important film festival.

An expectant audience in a packed Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière, with room for over two thousand people, received Trier and actors and the rest of the filmmakers with standing ovations even before the film had started.

The Worst Person in the World, World premiere Cannes 2021 - before screening - YouTube

And after the screening, there was standing ovations for 8-9 minutes.

The Worst Person in the world, world premiere i Cannes, after the screening - YouTube

It ended with an impromptu speech from Joachim Trier in which he thanked for the warm reception and told about his grandfather Erik Løchen's film The Hunt which was shown in the main competition in Cannes in 1960.

The reviews of the film have been very positive.

The industry magazine Variety writes:

As this melancholic romantic comedy faithfully follows its capricious protagonist through thick, thin and (mostly) somewhere in between, it turns into something lovely and wise: a gentle, unhurried paean to unrest and indecision, to making life wait, for better and worse.

'The Worst Person in the World' Review: Wry Study of Millennial Unrest - Variety

Screen writes:

A chaotic, unpredictable portrait of a chaotic, unpredictable individual, The Worst Person In The World is a spirited and thrillingly uninhibited piece of filmmaking from Joachim Trier.

‘The Worst Person In The World’: Cannes Review | Reviews | Screen (


While The Guardian`s Peter Bradshaw sums it up like this: 

Renate Reinsve is sublime as a young woman veering between lovers in a film that reminds us of the genre’s life-affirming potential. It’s one of Cannes’ best

The Worst Person in the World review – Nordic romcom is an instant classic | Cannes 2021 | The Guardian


Hollywood Reporter 
‘The Worst Person in the World’: Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter

The Worst Person in the World Review: Joachim Trier’s Frances Ha Riff | IndieWire