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Louder Than Bombs (2015)

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The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maryann Urbano ...
The Agency Woman
Donna Mitchell ...
The Curator
Leslie Lyles ...
Man Behind Counter (Coffee Shop)


An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years.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, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

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Break the silence



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content, nudity and violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 2015 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Plus fort que les bombes  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,259 (USA) (10 April 2016)


$161,789 (USA) (22 May 2016)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First Norwegian film since 1979 to be featured at Cannes Film Festival in the main competition. See more »


Isabelle: After this, I'll slow down, I promise.
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References Billy Elliot (2000) See more »


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Written by Morey Goldstein (as M. Goldstein) and Ken Kessie (as K. Kessie)
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Courtesy of Unidisc Music Inc.
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Boring, mediocre and frozen
31 December 2016 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Trier's English-languaged debut has been praised by many, but NOT by me. This is the essence of mediocrity: forgettable, not moving, not interesting, not dramatic. There is really no point to this. The cinematography is beautiful, the editing is quite inspired and interesting, but the script is awfully bland and the otherwise fantastic actors and actresses are wasted and utilized in a horrid way. Eisenberg is just plain old Eisenberg; Byrne can't save his character; and worst of all: Huppert is reduced to a boring character with no real depth or energy. It's all so incredibly lame. There are a few subplots in it, but it doesn't feel like it has a real plot or story that can drive the additions. Besides, the entire thing with the youngest son is that he likes to play Skyrim and he writes bad poetry that brings him success with a girl (realistic much??). This entire premise is horrible and made me sad for whoever wrote this uninspired crap: it's a big bowl of nothing. It's worse than nothing, it's boring, a void, a complete waste of time and Huppert. I hated it and almost couldn't finish it. Besides, a bunch of morals to the story did bother me: none of the characters are likable, but I feel like they were meant to be. The journey is not a journey, but a stagnant and static group of characters in a dull setup. It's not bad. It's just mediocre. Incredibly mediocre. Normally, the quite impressive productive forces behind a movie like this can make it count, but this one will be forgotten completely in five years - only remembered by the handful of people that could relate to one of the characters. I couldn't... Five out of ten. And maybe four on a bad day.

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