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Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, 31. august

Directed by Joachim Trier
Norway, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

Based on the duration of a single day, Oslo 31 August follows Anders, a recovering drug addict who 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, where he grew up.

Our take

A reworking of Louis Malle’s New Wave classic The Fire Within, Joachim Trier’s Cannes hit about a young man’s fade-out is a triumph of sensitive insight and observation, a smart, sharp portrait that even finds within its heavy subject matter the chance for warmth.

Oslo, August 31st Directed by Joachim Trier
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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It’s a marvelously constructed personal journey, both wrenching and bittersweet, whose emotional ripple effects stay with you for days and weeks afterward. While much of international art cinema can seem overly talky or conceptually alien to American viewers, this second feature film from Norwegian director Joachim Trier is a dynamic, even breathtaking visual experience without much dialogue or any philosophical heavy lifting.
May 24, 2012
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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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