Oslo, August 31st
Oslo, August 31st (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An upfront study of a drug addict confronting his demons, Oslo, August 31st makes this dark journey worthwhile with fantastic directing and equally fantastic acting.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Unfortunately, Oslo, August 31 is more of a step sideways than anything else, taking the easy way out with a drug-addiction narrative that helps Trier circumvent any major risks and thus preventing him from reaping any major rewards.

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Veronika Ferdman
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.

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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

What sets Oslo, August 31st apart is the way it entwines the personal with the city: [Joachim] Trier understands that your story is tangled up in the story of the city and that the story of the city is tangled up in the story of its inhabitants.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Devastating. And masterful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A poignant character study, melancholy and sad, about a man facing a desolate moment in his life when all hope seems lost, everything left is despair and he… More
Walter M.
"Oslo, August 31st" starts on the day before, as Anders(Anders Danielsen Lie) wakes up next to Malin(Malin Crepin). After which he goes for a walk… More
Jonathan Hutchings
The sober rationality of the young Norwegian intellectual classes provides a perfectly blank canvas on which to paint the conversely complex neuroses of the… More
Robert Brogan
Oslo, 8/31 is both a character sketch and a social drama (and in that aspect it raises questions rather than delivers a message). The film begins strong and… More
William Dunmyer
"Oslo, August 31st" is Joachim Trier's sequel to "Reprise," his explosively inventive but wildly uneven debut film that was released in… More
Nicolas Korovessis
Quiet yet powerful, uneventful yet overwhelming. Joachim Trier is a masterful observant of the subtleties that make the most profound impact and whispers them… More