Oslo, August 31st

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An upfront study of a drug addict confronting his demons, Oslo, August 31st makes this dark journey worthwhile with fantastic directing and equally fantastic acting.

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Thirty-four-year-old Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead uses the opportunity as a way to drift around and revisit old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Anders Borchgrevink
as Oystein (Man at Bar)
Hans Olav Brenner
as Thomas (Friend)
Aksel M. Thanke
as Rehab Counselor
Ingrid Olava
as Rebekka (Thomas' Wife)
Tone B. Mostraum
as Tove (Sister's Girlfriend)
Oystein Roger
as David (Editor)
Tone Beate Mostraum
as Tove (Sister's Girlfriend)
Kjaersti Odden Skjeldal
as Mirjam (Woman Hosting Party)
Andreas Braaten
as Karsten (Dealer)
Johanne Kjellevik Ledang
as Johanne (Woman Anders Meets)
Emil Stang Lund
as Calle (Man Hosting Party)
Renate Reinsve
as Petter's Date
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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (32)

  • The beauty is in the array of animated faces in Anders' life. And it's in the simple promise and vitality of Anders' face, which serves the film without any regard for being in a film, let alone a tragedy or a poetic vision of darkness and futility.

    Jun 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie transpires mostly in quiet, engrossing dialogue scenes, and its austere style shares a good deal in common with the protagonist, who seems both opaque and completely exposed.

    Aug 31, 2012 | Full Review…
  • [Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage.

    Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.

    Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over.

    Aug 29, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

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