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Oslo, August 31st (2012)

Anders Danielsen Lie , Hans Olav Brenner , Joachim Trier  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava
  • Directors: Joachim Trier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Remarkable! Compelling! Gripping! --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Amazing! --Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

Outstanding! --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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Anders will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. But he takes advantage of the leave and stays on in the city, drifting around, meeting people he hasn t seen in a long while. Thirty-four-year-old Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he has wasted, all the people he has let down. He is still relatively young, but feels his life in many ways is already over. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, the ghosts of past mistakes will wrestle with the chance of love, the possibility of a new life and the hope to see some future by morning.

In Norwegian with English Subtitles

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oslo Rehab and Life Sucks type film September 22, 2012
As the late Amy Winehouse discovered, offers of a visit to rehab often get received with a `no, no, no'. Well in this case Anders played by Anders Danielson-Lie, is in rehab, whilst he is successfully completing the course it is obvious that he is just going through the motions and sobriety, which can be depressing at the best of times, has left him feeling worthless. So he fills his pocket with stones and jumps in a lake - which sort of fails miserably.

After drying off he is given a pass to go to Oslo for a job interview and a day out, so off he goes. The problem is that he comes from Oslo and all his old `friends' are still there. They have moved on with their lives whereas he has been in a downward spiral of drug abuse for years. He doesn't even have good times to show as most of it was an intoxicated blur. The interview goes badly and Anders slowly goes back to what he knows will give him solace.

This is not the first film to say drugs are bad, it is not the first to deal with suicidal tendencies or a mid life crisis, but it is different all the same. Anders has a series of conversations with the old friends he meets and what at first seems to be the perfect marriage is soon revealed to be a marriage of endured compromise. Jobs that could appear glamorous are merely a means to an end. The revelation that the whole world is rubbish is probably not what Anders wants. But it is what he deserves, because this is all about life choices. He admits to being a spoilt brat and there are references to his caring parents throughout, especially as to how much he has cost them.

He is very hard to like as a person, but it is a credit to director Joachim Trier that he still manages to engage us with someone who is a selfish drug user and dealer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Everything will get better. Except it won't." May 22, 2013
"Oslo, August 31st" (2011 release from Norway; 95 min.) brings the story of Anders (played by Anders Danielsen Lie), a 34 yr. old recovering drug addict. As the movie opens, we see Anders spending time in the drug rehab center, and receiving the word that he is allowed an evening out from the rehab center in order to travel to Oslo for a job interview. Anders takes the opportunity to reconnect with friends and acquaintances from years ago. One of his best friends, now married with two young children, gets Anders to open up. At the end of the conversation, Anders concludes "Everything will get better", but after a short pause he adds "Except that it won't". How will the job interview pan out? Can Anders make amends with some of his (girl)friends from the past? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this is a bleak movie, there is no other way to put it. Without telling you how it all ends, I am not giving away anything when I say that the main character is continuously struggling to keep his head clear and forging a way forward in his life. Second, please note that much of the movie seems to be underlit for some reason. Maybe this was the intent of the director, an "artistic near-darkeness" of sorts. Third, the movie showcases Oslo's architecture very nicely.

Bottom line: if you are in the mood for a jolly, light movie, by all means, save yourself the trouble and look for something else. If on the other hand you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie that has something meaningful to contribute in the drug dependency debate, you cannot go wrong with this. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intensely Disturbing February 24, 2013
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Oslo never looked as beautiful as on a summer day in August. We follow an addict as he contemplates his past and his future with the knowledge that his addiction is inescapable. As he talks with a friend we are allowed to see the depth of his self-loathing, and we are allowed inside his past with his family as he lies dreaming in the warm sun at a park. We follow him through the despair of his version of August 31 and recognize that it takes many steps to make the decision he ultimately takes.

For friends and families of addicts of any sort, this is a painful reminder that the decision to live with an addiction is a lonely and ultimately individual one.

It is hard to assign stars to a film like this. I cannot say "I Loved It" simply because it churns the stomach and one's emotions. The film, however, is unimpeachable in what it has set out to accomplish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind the gap July 11, 2013
Norwegian drama about a day in the life of Anders, a recovering drug addict.Reaching the end of a treatment course at a rehab centre,Anders is clean and has a day's leave in Oslo to go to a job interview and see old friends,where he takes stock of himself and his situation.Based on Pierre-Eugene Drieu La Rochelle's 30s novelLe Feu Follet,once filmed by Louis Malle,this is a sombre reflective drama about a man who may be at the end of his life. Anders Danielsen Lie is the thirty something heroin addict allowed out of rehab for a day wandering Oslo,ruminating on the value of his existence: an internal debate that exerts a low-key,powerful grip.The drama is also a love letter to Oslo,rapturously rendered, the city at summer's end is lush and green, redolent with the memories of adolescent bliss, recalled via voiceovers .

Alongside this and even with the hopeful new beginning is the darker heart of Anders-a man with everything going for him,education,family,people who care-finds it impossible to see a future,attempts suicide by drowning just before the day he gets out of the clinic.Anders gets over this and suffers the optimism of others that he can start over from scratch.Anders's peculiar honesty won't allow him to be spurred by pep talks or be suffocated by goodwill.The actor's performance and facial expression of scorn and self hatred capture this quality.His refusal to compromise insisting upon the writer he might have been in the past rather than the writer he may become in the future.His friends and family keep him at a distance.His sister stands him up fearing remission and the enormous financial burden upon his family.His ex-girlfriend won't reply to his phone calls.A gap in his CV makes him fluff a good job interview.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I have no idea what this was about.
I have no idea what this was about. I bought it to see Malin Crepin and if she's in this movie I don't lnow where
Published 1 month ago by john fowlesse
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Oslo, August 31st

Anders is 34, heroin addict, and living in a rehab for the last ten months. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ConcupusAl
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of the Moon
"Oslo, 31 August" shows the side of life that nobody wants to see: the pointless side of life. S-L-O-W Norwegian film, but worth watching. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Daniel Gamboa
1.0 out of 5 stars Narcissistic movie
First, a technical deficiency: the English subtitles are so small and blurry that at times I had to sit two inches away from the screen to understand what was going on. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Spilka
5.0 out of 5 stars The clouded mind...
I'll say first that `Oslo, August 31st' is not a feel good film. By the film's end I was almost completely void of emotion and broken. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew Ellington
4.0 out of 5 stars An agonizing look at the lonliness of a drug addict
In only his second film, director and co-writer Joachim Trier delivers this simple but effective story about a drug addict who is going back into society after months of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Oleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
This movie captures the feeling of being trapped and destroyed by life better than any other film I've viewed. Watch this.
Published 21 months ago by dwellingswing
4.0 out of 5 stars memo to sandiegojesse:
he lost the jacket in the lake when he changed his mind abt suicide, because *it was full of stones weighing him down*. not a continuity problem.
Published 23 months ago by Richard W. Martin
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