ReFocus: The Films of Joachim Trier

Anne Gjelsvik

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The first book-length academic study of the work of Norwegian director, Joachim Trier

  • An introduction to Joachim Trier's background, collaborators, his career, and status as a contemporary auteur
  • An assessment of Trier's standing in contemporary cinema and his cinematic style, made through close and detailed analysis of all his feature films
  • A discussion of central topics in Trier's films, such as memory, place, identity, friendship, art, and more
  • An innovative study of cinematic elements such as time, narrative structure and mise-en-scène

This is the first book-length academic study of Norwegian auteur Joachim Trier's films. The book, written by an author who has followed his work closely for ten years, offers an introduction to all five feature films, from his debut Reprise (2006) to his recent success The Worst Person in the Word (2021).

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Chapter 1: Mimesis and Memory

Chapter 2: Fractured Narratives

Chapter 3: Sculpting Time

Chapter 4: Oslo

Chapter 5: Closures and Openings

Chapter 6: The Human Condition

Chapter 7: A Good Picture

Chapter 8: Voices and Words

Chapter 9: Moments and Movements

Epilogue: An Interview with Joachim Trier

Filmography Joachim Trier' films




Combining an issues-oriented approach with sustained reflection on the craft of filmmaking, this rigorously researched study makes a huge contribution. Gjelsvik admirably captures the multi-facetted value of Trier’s oeuvre and shows us what relevant, worthwhile filmmaking looks like. Marta Eidsvåg deserves credit for her magnificent translation.

Mette Hjort, Professor of Film and Screen Studies, University of Lincoln

"This is a lovely book about a great Norwegian filmmaker. It is written with a nuanced film analytical sensibility to both larger themes and filmic details. Its combination of sharp discussions with a profound admiration of the filmmaker’s work and an at once precise and easily accessible language makes it a pleasure to read."

Professor Anne Jerslev, University of Copenhagen
Anne Gjelsvik is a Professor of Film Studies at the Department of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. She has published extensively in both English and Norwegian. Her most recent book was Bearbeidelser. 22. juli i ord og bilder, about artistic treatments of the 2011 terror attacks in Norway. Among her other publications are Cinema Between Media, co-written with Jørgen Bruhn, and the edited collection Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements (co-edited with Rikke Schubart).

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