A rom-com that will make you laugh out loud then rip your heart out

THERE are some films where it is impossible to sum up the storyline.

This is one of them. It is about nothing and everything, all in one.

The Worst Person In The World is a rom-com that will make you laugh out loud then rip out your heartCredit: Alamy

While a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, it also stirs such emotional turmoil and creates the sensation of ripping your still-beating heart from your chest and stamping on it.

Julie (Renate Reinsve) is about to turn 30 and doesn’t know what she wants in life.

An intelligent, deep thinker, she bounces between studies in medicine, psychology and photography — and changes her haircut as often as her career goals.

She is desperate to feel something — be it love, lust or longing for a vocation — and we follow Julie through years of romances, broken hearts and loss.

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This coming-of-age film set in Oslo is broken into 12 chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue.

It’s a clever device to move the years on without feeling we are skipping too much.

Having not found her place professionally yet, Julie meets older lover Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), a comic book artist who is a composed, straightforward soul.

He is intense but likeable, and calms her chaos.

The pair share a deep love and settle into a steady relationship.

But Julie’s desire for more — and fear she’s missing out on possibilities — causes her to seek out other options.

She knows her own character flaws and tearfully admits to Aksel: “I feel like I never see anything through.”

Directed by Joachim Trier, this untraditional love story is full of performances that you simply can’t look away from.

Reinsve is fascinating to watch on the big screen.

She has the ability to go from a great beauty who is so sexy and vivacious you can’t take your eyes off her, to a woman so plain that you wouldn’t look twice at her in the street.

Her eyes sparkle when she is hungry for life and glaze over when she is disillusioned by it.

The script is so naturalistic you truly feel like you are a voyeur watching a couple’s most intense, beautiful and heartbreaking moments.

A chance meeting at a wedding changes the course of her life in an irreversible way.

The choices she makes from that evening on do not, by any means, make her the worst person in the world.

She is simply a human who, like all of us, has to carry the weight of her decisions with her for ever.

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THIS true-crime drama from 2000 gives you every reason not to like Australia’s most infamous criminal, Mark “Chopper” Read. Yet, somehow, you still do.

Re-released for its 20-year anniversary, Chopper tells the story of the notorious gangster who shoots his friends, punches his girlfriend and exposes himself in pubs.

Chopper gives you every reason not to like Australia’s most infamous criminal, Mark 'Chopper' Read. - yet, somehow, you still do

Chopper gives you every reason not to like Australia’s most infamous criminal, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. – yet, somehow, you still doCredit: Rex

It’s violent and shocking, but darkly funny.

Eric Bana (Munich, Dirty John) is barely recognisable as the grinning crime commando with doodle-like tattoos, coarse scars and a handlebar moustache.

The film, directed by Andrew Dominik, draws on Chopper Read’s bestselling autobiography as well as police records, court transcripts, news coverage and interviews with people who knew and feared him.

It has the feel of a film that groups of lads watch in smoke-filled rooms as sunlight splits through cracks in curtains they haven’t bothered to open.

The first bloodbath is seven minutes in and we see Chopper cut his own ears off.

Do we need this tribute to toxic masculinity?

No. But this is the performance of Bana’s life.

Only he can deliver a line like, “I’m just a good bloke down on his luck” after all the gory mayhem, and leave us feeling a bit sorry for Chopper.

AMBULANCE is a heist movie which dials the car chase up to 999.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays super slick bank robber Danny Sharp who hijacks an emergency vehicle with his war-hero brother Will (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) after a bank robbery goes wrong.

In Ambulance Jake Gyllenhaal plays super slick bank robber Danny Sharp who hijacks an emergency vehicle

In Ambulance Jake Gyllenhaal plays super slick bank robber Danny Sharp who hijacks an emergency vehicleCredit: Alamy

Inside are paramedic Cam (Eiza Gonzalez) and an injured cop.

Cue mayhem.

With an army’s worth of Los Angeles Police Department in pursuit, Danny yells “we don’t stop”.

And it never does, even when this mash-up of Speed, Fast & Furious and Holby City runs out of road.

The crashing, smashing and bashing of police cars goes on and on and on, for more than two hours.

Even Katie Price is a better driver than the LAPD’s finest, who just seem determined to roll their vehicles at the first opportunity.

Director Michael Bay tries to tread a fine line between tongue-in-cheek silliness and heart- tugging earnestness.

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The serious bits tend to drag because it’s hard to get emotionally involved when the plot has more holes than a machine-gunned car.

Thankfully, decent gags and a colourful cast of supporting characters ensure that Ambulance never flat- lines for too long.

By Grant Rollings

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