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Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, 31. august

Directed by Joachim Trier
Norway, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

A recovering drug addict is given a day’s leave from his rehab center to apply for a job and try to reconnect with his old friends and family around the city of Oslo. Based on the novel Le feu follet by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle.

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Oslo, August 31st Directed by Joachim Trier
The film simultaneously elongates and condenses time (clocking in at only a hour and a half), emphasizing Anders’ warped frame of mind. Unlike the edgy, often controversial films of the director’s distant cousin Lars Von Trier whose work tends to concern societal dysfunction, OLSO, AUGUST 31 is an intimate meditation on the loneliness and isolation of one man.
August 31, 2012
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The first third or so—scenes between Anders and his writer pal—cross over into [one] of my least favorite “genres”: the therapy movie, which finds the characters talking openly and earnestly about their feelings in a way that’s inimical to drama.
July 21, 2012
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Oslo has no romantic obsession, no agenda, and no desire for ideological approval. It is merely a film that asks us why we live and reminds us why we die.
May 24, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    Un type mélancolique, pessimiste, parents riches, révolté (de quoi?) à fleur de peau (pourquoi?), se drogue, tentative de suicide, arrête, vole, recommence. Intello + Norvège + se prend très au sérieux + ça rigole pas bcp. === A guy, melancholic, pessimistic, rich parents, revolted (of what?), drugs, suicide attempt, rehab, steal, falls again. It's Norway, nobody laughs much, everyone takes themselves very seriously.

  • Slow Immersion's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    In parts, one of the most interesting and authentic feelings on depression I have seen. Not interesting stylistically, and a bit of a shitty character; but that scene where there is a girl listing all the things in life she would like, and like to achieve; and he desires nothing, and only really wishes for the inevitable end. To far gone; almost how I feel about life too.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    Intellect as a curse to mental health. An utter tour de force in illustrating the recesses of the male psyche. I love Trier films almost as much as I love Von Trier films. What a wonderful pair of directors - cinematic catharsis at its most potent.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    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.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    Stunning film with excellent direction and a harrowing performance by Anders Lie. The visual style was beautiful as was the music and sound work. The story in it self might be slight but there were so many things I could relate to regarding my own youth that sometimes it felt uneasy to watch the movie. This movie literally left me in funk for days. Still one of the strongest movies I've seen in years.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    Intelligent, honest and tragic tale of a recovering drug addict. The film succeeds brilliantly in conveying a sense of loss; a loss of time, innocence, friendships and that horrible realisation that the world moved on without you while you were living in a party cocoon. It's bleak for sure, but so refreshing to see a drug film done from a slightly different perspective. 4 stars

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    Devastating drama about a 24 year old former drug addict who is released from his rehab program for a job interview. Instead he spends that time reconnecting with old friends, and discovers a disconnect not only from his old life, but from a life that seems to have passed him by. A smartly scripted and haunting exploration of Gen Y angst, as the optimism and innocence of the college years begin to fade away.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Oslo, August 31st

    Captivating from start to finish, this stands as a near perfect film about the melancholy of returning home. The crisis of addiction is on the back burner, because what is most fascinating here is that the film uses Oslo as a living, breathing entity who's effect on Anders is governed by his mental state. Is the city sad and lonely, or has Anders grown to resent his own actions and how they affected his perspective?

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