Oslo, August 31st Reviews

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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.
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
[Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage.
August 30, 2012
"Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
August 29, 2012
A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over.
August 17, 2012
Trier proves that he's no one-hit wonder.
August 10, 2012
The result is a superb exploration of loss, guilt and regret in Norwegian director Joachim Trier's often-unpredictable second film.
August 10, 2012
It has absolute clarity about a character who isn't at all sure about what he wants - or whether he wants to keep going at all.
August 8, 2012
[Screenwriters] Trier and Vogt are neat and cunning.
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