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Erik and Phillip are trying to make it as writers. Erik is rejected by publishers as lacking in talent, while Phillip's manuscript is accepted and the young man becomes a major name on the Norwegian cultural scene practically overnight. Six months later, Erik and his friends come to visit Phillip at a psychiatric hospital to bring him home after long-term treatment. Writing is the last thing on Phillip's mind, but Erik is continuing his literary attempts and tries to convince his friend to go back to writing.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"This story about two aspiring writers in their early 20s has the fearlessness and vivacity of a first novel, and its playful approach to chronology and voice-over narration serves to amplify its themes instead of coming off as a show-off trick."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The jagged energy of this film's opening and closing moments leave you wondering where it might have gone and what it might have been."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Stylistically bold, impressive feature debut about creative youth"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is that rare film where a daring style is connected to real substance, and that's an exciting thing to experience in a first-time director."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"I realized the movie had lost me when it occurred to me that after spending many minutes with Phillip and Erik, I had no interest in reading any novel that either of them might have written."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Reprise is not just about engaging with or surviving through the creative instinct. It is that instinct."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The word 'Reprise' may mean recurrence, but Trier's fleet, joyously intellectual film comes at us like anything but a retread."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Reprise alternately shows punk energy, library hush and comic anxiety. And despite ominous portents, the ending is cockeyed optimistic."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Although there's no romantic triangle as in Francois Truffaut's classic 1961 film Jules and Jim, it seems obvious that film was an influence here."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"... film full of wry comments and textural gestures - Trier mixes film stock and references to MTV-style jump cuts and the French New Wave (Truffaut's Jules and Jim is an obvious point of reference) to the extent that the pyrotechnics threaten to b"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"If you are young, male and dream of making a name for yourself in the arts, Reprise is about the joys and sufferings of that quest: It is a Jules and Jim for the punk-rock generation."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Drawing inspiration from the young-artists-in-angst tales of Godard, Truffaut and the French new wave, Joachim Trier's Reprise is both a charming homage and a vibrant work in its own right."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Trier is having more fun in the editing room than his story requires and he'd be well advised to spend more time in the deeper development and dramatic elements of his characters."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Reprise is an ordinary tale of post-adolescent angst that would benefit from a cleaner plot line, clearer characterizations and more intriguing situations."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Its fresh opening combined with the satisfying resolution in the final 20 minutes help to compensate for a fizzling mid-section."
‑ Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
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