Film Reviews, Short Review

Oslo, August 31st (2011)


A heartbreakingly sad film about a young recovering drug addict for whom life has already lost all meaning. Such a film could have easily been brutally depressing to the point of being unbearable, but there is spirit in Oslo, August 31st, and that makes it all the more heartbreaking. The film succeeds because despite the sparks of spirit in the film, we always understand that, from the point of view of our central character Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie), there is nothing more to be done. Lie and the director Joachim Trier have together understood their central character so completely and so fully that it is hard not to be moved by such a fantastic film.


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