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Oslo, August 31st
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In Norwegian with English Subtitles
Amazing! --Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Anders is 34, heroin addict, and living in a rehab for the last ten months. He has been cut off from his family and friends but is approaching the end of his treatment so is allowed to go out from the facility in order to look for a job. In one day, Anders meets up with his old friends, realizes how disconnected he is from the realities of other people’s lives and how far behind he is in comparison to people he use to party with. Anders attempts to reconnect with an old ex but finds that in sobriety his connection to her is gone. He tries calling another old girlfriend whom he feels a stronger bond but she does not return his calls. His parents are in the process of selling their house in order to pay his monstrous debts, his sister sends her girlfriend to meet with him because the disappointments in the past makes her unable to deal with him at present. Anders listens to the conversations of the people around him at the park, in cafes, and on the street. He finds that he is even more on the outskirts and unable to relate. He attends a party thrown by old friends. He starts drinking. It quickly elevates to him stealing money from the checked coats. He buys heroine. The movie ends at the end of that day with him shooting up in his old house.
The movie is extremely powerful and as a person is dealing with personal demons of addiction I can relate. I find that the bleak outlook Anders has and his defeated attitude when attempting to acquire a job indicates how low he feels. The portrayal is honest and shows how difficult it is to stay sober regardless of the support from family and friends when such people do not understand how it is to be under the bubble of the disease.
Well done film!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie follows one day in the life of a recovering drug addict as he tries to sort through his life outside of his drug treatment center. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Troy Greer
Absorbing drama about a day in the life of a drug addict (Anders Danielsen Lie), a young man on leave from rehab for a job interview and who decides to revisit old pals and haunts... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
No one was a bigger fan of shows like Intervention than this critic, but after a while these trenchant stories of addiction do a disservice to the audience in ending at whether... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ray Light
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 wherePublished on August 4, 2014 by john fowlesse
"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 morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Daniel Gamboa
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... Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by technoguy
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 morePublished on May 16, 2013 by S. Spilka
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 morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Andrew Ellington