Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, August 31st

Joachim Trier (2011)

90min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Joachim Trier's second feature (following Reprise in 2006), is less a study of the desire to die than the terrifying realisation that there is no reason left to live. Reuniting with Anders Danielsen Lie, the star of his first film, Trier reveals how a 30-something writer, on the verge of completing a drug rehabilitation programme, sabotages the job interview that offers him a future and hooks up with old friends in the vague hope one can rouse him out of his suicidal disappointment and isolation. Each encounter exacerbates a growing despair that contrasts with the snippets of conversation he overhears in a café or the sights he witnesses while wandering about the city. It all sounds a bit doom-laden, but the gliding camera, shifts in focus and sound, deft editing and eloquent voiceovers irresistibly recall the cinematic audacity of the French New Wave and enliven this intellectually challenging, compelling and poignant day-in-the-life odyssey.

Summary

A recovering drug addict is released from a treatment centre, and heads to his home town for a job interview. He runs into old acquaintances and tries to pick up the pieces of his life. Adjusting to normal life proces hard, his friends do not seem pleased to see him and he is forced to wonder what kind of future he faces. Drama, starring Anders Danielsen Lie and Hans Olav Brenner. In Norwegian.

Cast & Crew

Anders Anders Danielsen Lie
Malin Malin Crepin
Therapist Akel Thanke
Thomas Hans Olav Brenner
Rebekka Ingrid Olava
David Oystein Roger
Tove Tone B Mostraum
Mirjam Kjaerati Odden Skjeldal
Petter Petter Width Kristiansen
Calle Emil Lund
Johanne Johanne Kjellevik Ledang
Renate Renate Reinave
Karsten Andreas Braaten
Oystein Anders Borchgrevink
Director Joachim Trier
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse. Available on: DVDReleased on: 4 Nov 2011
Drama