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Oslo, August 31st

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Joachim Trier
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama starring Anders Danielsen Lie. As part of his rehabilitation program, troubled drug addict Anders is allowed one day's leave from his treatment centre to go to the city for a job interview. But instead Anders uses the opportunity to revisit old friends and ends up battling old demons.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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AndersAnders Danielsen Lie
MalinMalin Crepin
TherapistAkel Thanke
ThomasHans Olav Brenner
RebekkaIngrid Olava
DavidOystein Roger
ToveTone B Mostraum
MirjamKjaerati Odden Skjeldal
PetterPetter Width Kristiansen
CalleEmil Lund
JohanneJohanne Kjellevik Ledang
RenateRenate Reinsve
KarstenAndreas Braaten
OysteinAnders Borchgrevink

Crew

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DirectorJoachim Trier

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
2011-11-04
Languages
English | Norwegian
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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