There are echoes, a little DNA of "Wings of Desire" here.
| Original Score: A-
A powerful, upfront document of a recovering drug addict confronting the demons of his past.
| Original Score: B+
It's Trier's skill at humanely communicating the deep loneliness of a ruined life that make him a new filmmaker deserving your attention.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A remarkable film with a mesmerizing performance by actor Lie.
Trier ... keeps us aware of the emotions and perceptions of all the characters, even at those times when their perceptions are limited and differ from objective reality.
| Original Score: 3/4
With his angular features and intense gaze, Lie is utterly convincing as an intellectual in the process of repairing his damaged life.
"Oslo" is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place.
| Original Score: 4/5
... a gritty and authentic portrait of the unseen post-abuse perils that addiction creates.
Though the film provides a gentle wash of dark feelings, one can't help but feel cleansed by it and more alive when it ends.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
Despite its themes, "Oslo, August 31st" is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"Oslo, August 31st" has the satisfying gravity of specific experience, and also, true to its title, a prickly sense of place.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a marvelously constructed personal journey, both wrenching and bittersweet, whose emotional ripple effects stay with you for days and weeks afterward.
In its depiction of a man who's considering death, the film is never less than fully alive.
With only two films, Danish director Joachim Trier has soundly established himself as a singular talent.
...a quietly stunning masterpiece-all of life, in a single day.
Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
| Original Score: A
Moment to moment, you sense the fragility of Anders's fate as it hangs in the balance.
As this elegiac movie reminds us, even a shattered life matters, leaving behind an indelible, intricate imprint.
[It] crosses the blood-brain barrier like ... like ... whatever the drug is, I haven't tried it, thank God.
Without any flashiness or grandstanding, Joachim Trier and Anders Danielsen Lie make us sympathize with the character on a deeply personal level.