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.
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.