In his English-language debut film, Louder Than Bombs, director Joachim Trier references the inner, more subdued trauma that often pervades the grief following a family tragedy. With an ensemble cast to top off the intimate story Trier and co-writer Eskil Vogt created, it’s no wonder that Louder Than Bombs was an official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which just wrapped up over the weekend.
You’ll recognize just about every one of the film’s stars: Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne; Academy Award nominees Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan and David Strathairn; Best Actress Winner Isabelle Huppert, and Devin Druid — a new one on the scene, but one to certainly keep an eye out for.
The film unfolds three years after the death of wife, mother and acclaimed photojournalist Isabelle (Huppert) in what initially appears to be a car crash. When a former colleague and friend plans an exhibition celebrating Isabelle’s war photography, her widower, Gene (Byrne) and two sons Jonah (Eisenberg) and Conrad (Druid) are forced to come together to regain their strength. Trier uses the troubles lurking among his characters (the troubled sons, the grieving husband, a doubt-possessed mother and wife), both before and after the tragedy, to conjure unsettling questions regarding family togetherness and truths.
It’s a tough one to handle, but an absolute must-see, which is why we’re thrilled to be releasing the film theatrically to North American audiences. No word on that release date yet, but you can check out more info in our official press release and The Hollywood Reporter‘s press coverage.
Watch a few short clips taken from the film below: