I was very much looking forward to seeing this film. I think Anders Danielsen Lie is a very fine actor, and, as it turns out, his performance was for me the thing that saved the film. He delivered a very strong emotional punch in the earlier part of the story and then later at the end. Otherwise, it had a theme and characters that bordered on the cliche - I found much of it meandering and reliant on novel but mannered scenes and events to hold the audiences attention. I found some of these tendencies in Joachim Trier's earlier films, as in "Reprise" (also featuring Danielsen Lie). It's a bit of the 90's Indie sensibility but with more artistic flair - a kind of, "look at me do this cool thing that will surprise you" (as in the magic mushroom scene, and others). This theme of a young person not knowing what to do with their life, feeling lost, questioning every decision, is of course one that's been covered extensively, and in my opinion with more depth. A fairly recent film that for me was very creative without being self-consciously mannered, was Mia Hanson-Love's "Eden". That film has really stuck in my mind. Still, with all of the formula movies piling up on Netflix (and being nominated for awards), this one is at least attempting to do something different.