A guy with a history of drug abuse heads to Oslo for a job interview and visits old friends. He discovers things aren’t always as they seem on the surface, and family pain can linger. Excellent acting by the lead. He makes his character sympathetic and you actually hope he gets better, but fear the worse.
In "Oslo, August 31st" we stride hand in hand with recovering drug addict Anders and his melancholic, introspective day through Oslo, Norway. Lead actor Anders Danielsen Lie's performance is both evocative and convincing. Every nuance of his performance conveys a man who is over encumbered by despair, and director Joachim Trier knows just how long to let the camera linger for our hearts to ache, and ache they do.
I remember at 28 knowing that I wasn't going to be successful by 30, and that in fact I had no prospects whatsoever. For 4 years I wandered aimlessly and hopelessly. And then I met someone who had faith in me. She basically saved my life. I had to make stuff up to put on my resume. By the time I was 40 I redefined what it meant to be successful.
Much more realistic than most other movies that deal with drug problems. It's barely glorious, or dramatic; it's slightly numb and slightly painful. And the people who are affected have the hardest time and are often the ones not heard. This movie conveys that very well.
What can I say? I am a little bit of Anders, but fortunately stronger. Oslo is one of the cities that i want meet some day and following Anders walking around there and facing his past was quite emotional for me. powerfull movie about existencial emptiness.
Beautiful. I remember that I strangely didn't cry during the screening but later, a couple of hours after I left the cinema. It definitely touched something deep. Speaks loads to me, it is not just a film about addiction, it's more a film about solitude and existential sorrow.
Trier's great concern on mise-en-scène is proven successful once again. Its rawness and bittersweet poetry both in the words but also in the visuals is starting to determine a standardised author's cinema, making him one of the greatest filmmakers around and this one of the best portraits of a drug addict's decision when confronted with his past demons determining his strength (or lack thereof) to go on.