It's a cold, detached, very Scandinavian film, neither as sharp nor as oddly exhilarating as Malle's.
Sad, but wise, and clear-eyed about what it means to drift through life until it's suddenly too late to turn back.
| Original Score: A
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
The evocation of things ending suffuses the film with melancholy, as Anders increasingly becomes an observant rather than a participant in his own life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
An astounding achievement, Joachim Trier's haunting film will stay with you for weeks.
| Original Score: 5/5
The film so gracefully replicates its protagonist's drifting moods that its full emotional weight doesn't immediately seem as heavy as it is.
With a predilection for long takes, alternating between tripod setups and handheld camera work that's reflective of Anders' unease, Trier presents life as an unceasingly tepid stream of the mundane -- with an occasional, exquisite pinprick of hope.
While not a film for the dispirited - though such a mindset may better empathise with Anders' soul-searching journey - it does have a peculiar honesty to it.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
| Original Score: 4/4
A remarkable film with a mesmerizing performance by actor Lie.
As the final shots mirror the first, you reflect on how life goes on, with and without us.
...a quietly stunning masterpiece-all of life, in a single day.
Without any flashiness or grandstanding, Joachim Trier and Anders Danielsen Lie make us sympathize with the character on a deeply personal level.
| Original Score: B+
It's an absolutely moving and devastating film, and one of the most jarring looks at addiction you'll ever see on screen.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
There are traces of humour to alleviate the gloom of Oslo, August 31st and some beautiful incidental moments.
The film is overlong, spinning its sequential disenchantments. But mood and place are believable.
A powerful, upfront document of a recovering drug addict confronting the demons of his past.
Trier has adapted a 1930s French novel, which in 1963 Louis Malle filmed as 'Le Feu Follet', but this feels totally fresh and modern in its concerns. It's also devastating.
| Original Score: 4/5
A searing portrait of a young man's chronic loneliness.
There are echoes, a little DNA of "Wings of Desire" here.
| Original Score: A-