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Have you ever wished you could pause your current life decisions to explore another option? The Norwegian film “World’s Ugliest Man” takes this question literally in one scene.
30 year old Julie (Renate Reinsve) is in a relationship with an older man, Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie). But she recently met Eivind (Herbert Nordrum) at a party and was knocked out by him. To see how things could be with Eivind, Julie – and the movie – stops time so she can travel across town and meet him. As she wanders through Oslo, everyone else but the lovers will freeze.
Discussing the sequence, the film’s director, Joachim Trier, said he didn’t want it to feel supernatural.
“No, my goodness, she discovered the time machine,” he said. “Rather, it’s a romantic musical sequence that revolves around the idea of what it feels like to be in love as if time stood still.”
Instead of relying heavily on digital effects to make the moment work, Trier and his crew put extras to stand still around Oslo. This involves temporary traffic stops and sometimes only brief moments for people to run into position and take pictures.
Trier said people in Oslo still come to him to complain about the time he blocks traffic at busy intersections for filming.
“But it became a popular movie in Norway,” he said, “so I hope people will forgive me.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/movies/worst-person-in-the-world-clip.html Time stands still in ‘World’s Ugliest Man’