Oslo, August 31st Reviews

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February 28, 2021
It's the first/last day of Anders's life. He observes other people leading their lives with their ordinary concerns and wishes. Trier and Vogt are gifted writers, never making life's problems black and white and making sophistication easy and likable.
July 1, 2020
The writing is so authentic it's scary.
June 18, 2020
This achingly personal tale demonstrates the oppressive claustrophobia of a seemingly sophisticated Scandinavian cultural hub.
May 29, 2020
[Oslo, August 31st] is a dark, yet profound and sympathetic observation of a man who simply can't succumb to the imperfection that his life has come to.
May 22, 2019
What resonates watching Oslo, August 31st in 2017 is the way private jubilation and despairs are completely removed from public ones. Regardless of our personal feelings, the world goes on without us...
January 19, 2019
Director Joachim Trier sets in motion a progression of events and conversations that is simply inexorable, and can only ever lead to one destination. The question is, does Anders know where he's going? Is he nihilistic or simply lost?
December 22, 2018
While the themes here are also universal, the story feels more personal -- which also makes it more heartbreaking.
August 27, 2018
This is undoubtedly a bleak film, but it never verges into grim - it's more of a melancholic Before Sunrise-esque city tour.
August 7, 2018
A tough movie, intentionally unsatisfying. It only covers one day but that day feels endless; which is part of the point.
October 4, 2017
Unfortunately, Oslo, August 31 is more of a step sideways than anything else, taking the easy way out with a drug-addiction narrative that helps Trier circumvent any major risks and thus preventing him from reaping any major rewards.
August 14, 2017
What sets Oslo, August 31st apart is the way it entwines the personal with the city: [Joachim] Trier understands that your story is tangled up in the story of the city and that the story of the city is tangled up in the story of its inhabitants.
May 12, 2015
Devastating. And masterful.
May 27, 2014
Comprova a promessa representada pela estreia de Joachim Trier.
June 23, 2013
Sad, but wise, and clear-eyed about what it means to drift through life until it's suddenly too late to turn back.
June 14, 2013
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.
January 8, 2013
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.
September 28, 2012
Life's sadder moments are quite well displayed in Trier's nuanced approach. For many popcorn munchers, that regrettably doesn't translate as a must-see movie in today's crowded marketplace...
September 25, 2012
It's an absolutely moving and devastating film, and one of the most jarring looks at addiction you'll ever see on screen.
August 31, 2012
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.
August 30, 2012
In a single day, through a single pair of eyes, Trier and Lie give us an emblem for the world.
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