Oslo, August 31st
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Thirty-four-year-old Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead uses the opportunity as a way to drift around and revisit old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The beauty is in the array of animated faces in Anders' life. And it's in the simple promise and vitality of Anders' face, which serves the film without any regard for being in a film, let alone a tragedy or a poetic vision of darkness and futility."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"[Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Comprova a promessa representada pela estreia de Joachim Trier."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's an absolutely moving and devastating film, and one of the most jarring looks at addiction you'll ever see on screen."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Spanning a short period of time, this tense and intense Norweigian drama about a drug addict is extremely well directed and acted."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"With a predilection for long takes, alternating between tripod setups and handheld camera work that's reflective of Anders' unease, Trier presents life as an unceasingly tepid stream of the mundane -- with an occasional, exquisite pinprick of hope."
‑ Veronika Ferdman, L.A. Weekly
""Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sad, but wise, and clear-eyed about what it means to drift through life until it's suddenly too late to turn back."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"In a single day, through a single pair of eyes, Trier and Lie give us an emblem for the world."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"As the final shots mirror the first, you reflect on how life goes on, with and without us."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"The movie transpires mostly in quiet, engrossing dialogue scenes, and its austere style shares a good deal in common with the protagonist, who seems both opaque and completely exposed."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Life's sadder moments are quite well displayed in Trier's nuanced approach. For many popcorn munchers, that regrettably doesn't translate as a must-see movie in today's crowded marketplace..."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"The film is perhaps the most emotionally devastating and yet paradoxically delicate effort of the year, a genuine gem."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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