Melancholy is about time passing, and that is very much what this film is about. You think you live in infinity, but at some point you don’t. Choices will be made for you if you don’t make them yourself. And loss is necessary to find a place of acceptance for yourself. Unfortunately you have to go through some shit to accept groundedness. I think this is what Julie has to go through. It’s a coming-of-age story for adults who still haven’t grown up. and to some varying degree, even though I’m in my 40s, I continue to be one of them.

—Joachim Trier, A Stick, a Stone, the End of the Road: Joachim Trier Discusses “The Worst Person in the World”, Mubi