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Louder Than Bombs (2016)



Critic Consensus: Louder Than Bombs finds director Joachim Trier using a capable cast in pursuit of some lofty dramatic goals, even if his ambitions occasionally evade his grasp.

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On the eve of an exhibition honoring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle 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 (Gabriel 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 (Jesse Eisenberg) takes leave from academic and married life to organize his mother's archive, only to slip into reckless behavior. 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...

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Gabriel Byrne
as Gene Reed
Jesse Eisenberg
as Jonah Reed
Devin Druid
as Conrad Reed
Amy Ryan
as Hannah
Isabelle Huppert
as Isabelle Reed
Ruby Jerins
as Melanie
Maryann Urbano
as The Agency Woman
Donna Mitchell
as The Curator
Leslie Lyles
as Principal
Luke Robertson
as Man Behind Counter (Coffee Shop)
Peter Mark Kendall
as Student (College Party)
Sean Cullen
as Melanie's Father
Marielle Holland
as Melanie's Friend #1
Bridget McGarry
as Melanie's Friend #2
Charlie Rose
as Charlie Rose
Katrina E. Perkins
as Woman in Airport
Krista Tunnell
as High School Student
Suzanne Savoy
as Documentary Narration VO
Inna Muratova
as High School Student
Julian Murdoch
as Young Jonah
Jessica Kent
as Highschool Partygoer
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Critic Reviews for Louder Than Bombs

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (41)

It's a tale which unfolds nuance by nuance, and with each insight it becomes easier to empathise with both father and sons. Trier may work quietly but he knows all about pace and subtlety.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

When all is concluded, truth is the explosive device that ends up having the most brutally cathartic potency.

August 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An ambitiously thorough yet quiet exploration of familial dysfunction.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the film gradually reveals the full context, it develops into an intense but not entirely satisfactory domestic drama.

August 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The people aren't people here; they're not even types - just instruments for conveying words and pictures, some of which are artful, but not nearly enough to make up for the dire drear and maudlin indulgence.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Two sons and their father grapple with their dysfunctional family situation, resulting in some reflective, engaging drama.

April 28, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Louder Than Bombs


A solid film that has great direction and performances, Byrne and Eisenberg are compelling in the leads. I didn't know what to make of the trailer but word of mouth got the better of me and I found one of the best films of 2016. The film deserved a bigger audience and more award recognition.

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


Emotionally complex portrayal of a family suffering from loss. Trier is somehow able to intricately navigate these very complex characters across the span of several days, showing you glimpses of each character's past and fragments of their relationship with someone who had a profound impact on their lives. It's touching without being overwrought, and intense without being self-serious. Its obvious the director feels very much for his subject, and there are some very truthful moments that boldly do not play out for dramatic effect, rather minutia of daily experiences shown through a thoughtful lens.

Hayden Blades
Hayden Blades

Super Reviewer


Trier follows his excellent Oslo, 31. August with another devastating drama, this time about a family who must cope with the weight of loss, and, even if a bit uneven, it is nice to see the sincere way that it shows and explores the complexity of the characters' feelings.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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