Stunning film. Watching the latest chapter in Anders' road to self-destruction and seeing him adrift among Oslo and the very few people that come across his life on this particular day was a moving experience. It's curious how we never even got to see his parents, sister or the estranged girlfriend, perhaps in order to emphasise how lonely he felt in the world. A lot of cool music in the last half-hour or so.
Poate faptul că m-am regăsit enorm în rolul lui Anders, deşi n-am folosit niciodată droguri, face ca şi la a doua vizualizare filmul să aibă acelaşi impact puternic asupra mea. Nici acum un an şi nici acum nu înţeleg de ce empatizez într-un asemenea hal, de parcă aş fi eu acolo în anumite situaţii. Realmente îl văd pe Anders Danielsen ca pe un frate extrem de similar cu mine. Un încântător film, marca Joachim Trier.
Un chico que quiere alejarse de lo que era, volviendo a donde era, un mundo donde las drogas tienen un constante coqueteo. Las personas que tenía a su alrededor están entre creerle y no. ¿Está en un mismo la decisión de cambiar por el bien de los demás? ¿Qué tan fuerte se puede ser? ¿Qué tanto se abandona a uno mismo?
I was disappointed by this film. Perhaps my expectations were high but how could they not be after seeing the praise it's received. I feel this is a decent portrayal of an addict that does not challenge or enlighten the perception of drug addiction at all. It features solid performances, which make the film worth watching.
One of more gripping movies about depression that I've ever seen. The main character cannot be saved from himself, despite the efforts of others. He has no joy, only a meaningless life, and perceives others who cannot be happy despite surface appearances. The way Trier's camera lingers like a Peeping Tom on street talk from people all longing for something they cannot grasp is classic.
A moving investigation of modern angst and the eternal search for identity. Anders' character is both compelling and repellant, but one probably feels more sympathy than anything else. There are wonderfully chosen scenes, cuts, and excellent cinematography that reveals a wide spectrum of the human condition visually. Very nicely done.
The prospect of inevitable failure and the inescapability of the past is hard to shake. Relative opulence, intelligence, beauty, friends, and a supportive environment cannot destroy the torment of the human condition. Trier doesn't match the depth of Malle's The Fire Within which Trier clearly draws upon. Nonetheless it holds many rich, original and penetrating moments that makes up for occasional flatness.
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.