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Oslo, August 31st

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A man who can't sort out the wreckage of his life wonders what sort of future he deserves in this drama adapted from a novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a struggling writer from a successful family who stumbled into bad habits and is soon to be released from a treatment center for drug addiction. Describing himself as "a spoiled brat who (messed) up," Anders has pinned his hopes for the future on a job at a magazine in Oslo, and after being discharged he heads into the city. There he meets up with an old friend, Thomas (Hans Olav Brenner), who has turned his back on drug-fueled carousing and now looks after his children; their conversation makes it obvious Anders isn't feeling comfortable on the outside, and his job interview is little short of disastrous. As Anders wanders Oslo and crosses paths with former friends and acquaintances, most of whom don't seem especially happy to see him, he ponders the future that lies before him and contemplates taking his own life. OSLO, AUGUST 31ST was directed by Joachim Trier, a cousin of noted filmmaker Lars von Trier; the film was an official selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Credits
    Anders, Danielsen Lie, Malin Crepin, Aksel, M. Thanke, Hans, Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Oystein Roger, Tone, B. Mostraum, Kjaersti, Odden Skjeldal, Petter, Width Kristiansen, Emil Lund
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "Anders Danielsen Lie gives a compelling, deep-etched lead turn, and you'll find yourself drawn in as he searches for a reason to continue living."
    Total Film

    "[Told] with extraordinary delicacy and acuity....A film which repeatedly subverts expectation and deliberately foregrounds its narrative lurches and bumps..."
    Sight and Sound

    "Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "The lead performance by Anders Danielsen Lie is hypnotic....It's one of the more credible screen portraits of a lost soul in some time."
    Film Comment

    "OSLO is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place....This portrait of existential despair is beautifully made without being self-conscious about its art."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[Trier] writes his hero into a tight corner, but finds a simultaneously graceful and uncompromising way back into the light. Neat trick, that."
    A.V. Club

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