Oslo, August 31st 2011

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Recovering drug addict Anders has almost completed his rehabilitation programme. As part of his treatment he's given a day's leave from the countryside rehab centre to attend a job interview in his native Oslo.

Starring:
Ingrid Olava, Hans Olav Brenner
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

Oslo, August 31st

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Genres Drama
Director Joachim Trier
Starring Ingrid Olava, Hans Olav Brenner
Supporting actors Tone B. Mostraum, Anders Danielsen Lie
Studio Soda Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 April 2012
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 May 2012
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Really exceptional piece of work, so well written and performed it hardly seems like it's been written or performed. Not the happiest of stories but it resonates and feels authentic so you stay with it until its near-inevitable conclusion. Jakob Ihre's gliding cinematography perfectly captures the mood too. It will probably be too slow and thoughtful for some, it's about people and not action, but if you have the patience it's well rewarded. In the end it makes you think that while we might be good at helping people to get better, we're really not very good at helping them to be well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mg1900 on 6 Aug 2013
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A beautiful and real film which I found (contrary to some other reviewers here) absorbing and satisfying. It is a clear-sighted film: visually elegant, emotionally true. Oslo is one of the main characters and the city is shown at different times of day and in different places, indoors and outdoors, dawn, day, evening, night. The central character (Anders) intersects with the lives of many others and each of these other characters, too, presents a beautiful and complete vignette, however slight. Above all, Anders is so real and so convincing that it seems wrong to congratulate the actor on a very fine performance - the illusion is so perfect that it does not seem like a performance, or an actor, at all. He is a recovering addict contemplating suicide but there is no self pity, no drama, just a transcendent humanity which makes it possible to empathise and identify with him completely. It is not a miserable film but one of great beauty. Even the treatment of suicide - as a decision, not a failure or a drama - is in tune with the dominant theme, which is seeing and accepting things, quite simply, as they are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ADAM on 8 July 2013
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There's a scene in a cafe where the lead character sits and listens and watches all of the people around him, and they talk about their desires and their wants, what they hope to achieve, and their grievances in love and work. And an earlier scene where the lead meets up with an old friend who complains that his child has a rash and he doesn't have enough sex with his wife, and their only time of closeness is playing a violent video game. Everyone has their little problems, and everyone talks about them. The lead has one main problem, which he rarely talks about - he's looking for a reason to live, while making unnoticed steps towards his end. It's also a film bubbling with missed connections, lost opportunities, a job interview that could have gone well had he not bailed in self hatred, a sister who doesn't want to see him, a girl he has a moment with but he's waiting for someone else, a lost kiss, people he passes on the street, all of them are weighted with possibilities for a different film. It's also very beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Khatib on 2 May 2013
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This film puts life under a microscope, the life not only of an addict but also the lives of those people, his friends basically, revolving around his universe. This film will be depressing and tedious for some viewers because there is no action in it. If you are able to sit for more than an hour to watch this movie, you will be rewarded with the idea that "at the moment my life is better and I wish it stays that way".
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