An upcoming exhibition celebrating famed photojournalist Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) back to the family house — forcing him to spend more time with his father, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and withdrawn younger brother, Conrad, than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons. When an unsettling secret resurfaces, they are forced to look at each other and themselves in a new light, reconciling their feelings about the woman they remember so differently. The first English-language film by acclaimed Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Reprise).
Director’s Statement: Joachim Trier
I find our memories and our idea of self and identity based on these memories fascinating and puzzling. In the film, I try to show the specific process of remembering. I wanted to avoid the type of grief drama where we are there when the mother dies and everyone is sitting around the room crying. Our story happens three years after the mother has passed away, and tracks the domino effect of her tragic death, and the implication it has on the three men as they try to move forward in their individual lives. It is interesting how family life forces you to look at yourself and re-evaluate yourself constantly.