Louder Than Bombs

OTTAWA PREMIERE | STARTS MAY 6

WINNER – BEST FILM – STOCKHOLM FILM FESTIVAL

“Richly detailed, sensitively played and cleverly mounted.” – Dan Fainaru, Screen International

“…alternately wise, melancholic and good-humored…” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

On the eve of an exhibition honouring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), whose career was cut short in the wake of her untimely death, a father and two sons grapple with her domestic and professional legacy. Flashbacks of Isabelle’s conflated role of wife, mother and photojournalist intermingle with the present-day attempts of the Reeds to manage their grief amid combat of a different kind. Family patriarch Gene (Gabriel Byrne) discovers secrets about his late spouse while pursuing a new romance and struggling to connect with teenage son Conrad (Devin Druid), who hides in video games and introspection. Adult son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) takes leave from academic and married life to organize his mother’s archive, only to slip into reckless behaviour. Past and present coalesce in sharp focus as the surviving Reeds come to terms with love and loss – locating in memories both painful and joyous the skills they need to soldier on…

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