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Oslo, August 31st(Oslo, 31. august)

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Norway · 2011
1h 35m
Director Joachim Trier
Starring Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Tone Beate Mostraum
Genre Drama

Anders is nearing completion of a drug rehabilitation program in the countryside. In preparation, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. For the remainder of the day and into the night, he’ll wrestle with the past, and the possibility of a new life.

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Total Film by

Anders Danielsen Lie gives a compelling, deep-etched lead turn, and you'll find yourself drawn in as he searches for a reason to continue living.


Empire by Damon Wise

Talented Norwegian Joachim Trier - distant cousin to the better-known (and Danish) Lars - delivers a wonderful, melancholy character piece that's funny and tender, and as fresh as a breath of Oslo sea air.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Trier's voice and vision, are thrillingly unique. His ever-searching camera, which never stops moving, takes us into places we've never been, know too well and won't soon forget.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Organizing the mercurial emotions and tics is director Joachim Trier, making good on the promise of his 2006 feature debut, the lit-related drama Reprise. This one's even better-it's about the honesty that often takes root in survivors, a rarely explored subject-but Oslo, August 31st is not an easy film.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

Matching the precision of the film's title, remembrances of things past-whether destructive or salutary, quickly mentioned or dilated upon-are shaped by just enough exacting detail.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

An intelligent and resonant work from Norwegian director Joachim Trier, a movie that yields up its meanings and implications slowly.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Trier doesn't allow the bleakness of the material to swamp the film in a miserablist tone, but he doesn't hold back, either, in revealing every hairline crack in Lie's fragile psyche.

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