Reprise is a Norwegian film directed by Joachim Trier. Co-written over the course of five years with Eskil Vogt, it is Trier's first feature-length film. The film was the Norwegian candidate for the Academy Award as best foreign language film in 2006.
The two 23-year olds Erik and Phillip are dreaming of becoming successful writers. They idolize the reclusive writer Sten Egil Dahl who, although fictional, was modeled after the real-life Tor Ulven. When they both try to get a manuscript published, Erik's is rejected. Phillip, on the other hand, gets his manuscript accepted and overnight he goes on to become a star of the Norwegian literary scene. Phillip meets Kari, with whom he falls in love. Six months later, Erik and his friends pick up Phillip at a psychiatric hospital to bring him home after a long treatment. Erik still hasn't given up his dream, but Phillip isn't able to write anymore, although his friend encourages him to make a new effort. Instead Phillip tries to get his ruined relationship with Kari to start from the beginning again.
Reprise received generally positive reviews from Western critics. As of August 23, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that