Huppert stars in Trier's bereaved family film at Cannes

Mon May 18, 2015 5:13pm EDT
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By Rollo Ross

CANNES, France (Reuters) - A portrait of a family shattered by the untimely death of a war photographer who has left behind her husband and two sons is Norwegian director Joachim Trier's first English-language film and a competition entry in Cannes.

    "Louder Than Bombs" uses flashbacks to unravel the narrative, with Isabelle Huppert playing the photographer and Gabriel Byrne her husband.

A posthumous exhibition three years after her death brings the eldest son, played by Jesse Eisenberg, back to the family home, forcing him to spend more time with his father and withdrawn younger brother.

    The film marks Trier's upgrade to the main Cannes competition after his 2011 film "Oslo, August 31st" was featured in the Un Certain Regard category at the festival.

    Trier said he and his writing partner Eskil Vogt were more interested in showing human relationships than with other aspects of making a film.

"We don't usually start out with a plot that we can pitch in two lines. We spend a year brainstorming and discussing ideas that are sometimes of a visual nature, sometimes just about characters and then we try to structure the story," he told a news conference on Monday.

    Byrne said he was impressed by Trier's approach to directing.

    "A lot of directors don't understand what actors do and sometimes they over-direct them and they say things like 'Well, can you be happy but a little bit sad?' or 'Could you be tall and short at the same time and then throw it all away?'   Continued...

(L-R) Cast members Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, Director Joachim Trier, cast members Rachel Brosnahan, and Devin Druid pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Louder Than Bomb"  in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 18, 2015.        REUTERS/Regis Duvignau