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Louder Than Bombs

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Joachim Trier

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About the Movie

Two years after her death in a car crash, the husband and sons of famed photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) are still trying to cope with their loss. Gene (Gabriel Byrne) struggles as a single parent. Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg), the elder son, has just had a baby of his own and finds the transition from child to parent daunting. The younger son, Conrad (newcomer Devin Druid), is a typical teenager, wearing his alienation as a badge of honor and resisting his father’s attempts to connect. On the occasion of a major retrospective of Isabelle’s work, Jonah returns home to help his father organize her effects. All three men are flooded with memories, and secrets are unearthed—most notably the truth behind the mysterious circumstances of Isabelle’s death. Shifting between past and present, and juxtaposing external reality with privileged glimpses into the interior lives of each of its four major characters, Louder Than Bombs is a stunningly intimate portrait of parents and children and the many things that tear them apart and bring them together.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 85
  • Rotten: 31
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Less fuse, more detonation might have worked wonders. – David Fear, Rolling Stone, Apr 18, 2016

Fresh: There are moments of almost unspeakable beauty in the film, not the least of which are Isabelle's war zone photographs. Like the movie itself, they dare you to look away but award you deeply for baring witness. – Oliver Jones, New York Observer, Apr 26, 2016

Fresh: As "Louder than Bombs" inches slowly toward its quiet yet resounding conclusion, it raises intriguing questions about that thing that journalists care so deeply about, but that artists know to be a slippery thing: truth. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Apr 21, 2016

Fresh: A note-perfect exploration of death and life and loss. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 5, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Slow as molasses

Wow... this was a painfully boring rendition of the life of a 'conflict photographer' - a woman who saw so much action, had so many stories to tell, and yet the writer chose to focus on her family back home. I counselled young veterans, men and women, and so have seen the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome. They are too embarassed to talk about it for fear that they will be seen as weak when their country expected them to be strong. This photographer witnessed war first hand, filmed the scenes that soldiers usually do not get to see - she was obvioulsy deeply impacted by all that she saw - but the viewers only get a few short glimpses of what she experienced. The writer and director chose the wrong side of the story to tell here. Jessie Eisenberg was not given a scropt to work with but Devin Druid, who played the younger brother Conrad, didn't seem to need words to portray a depth of emotion and complexity - well done Devin! I can only imagine what they would have been able to do with a script that told the full story. Wait for this one to become movie of the week (99 cent rental).


A unique and rewarding cinematic experience to have a story told as if you were effortlessly readng it. Wow!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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