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Oslo, August 31st [DVD]


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  • Directors: Joachim Trier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00695AVL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Norwegian psychological drama about a day in the life of a 30-something recovering drug addict struggling to find his way in life. A follow-up to Trier's 2006 film 'Reprise', the films sees Anders Danielsen Lie resuming his role as Anders, a once-promising writer from a privileged background. Now fresh out of rehab, Anders travels to Oslo for a job interview. Before the interview, he visits friends including Thomas (Hans Olav Brenner) with whom he shared a wild past, who has now settled into family life. As he revisits old haunts and acquaintances, Anders' quiet desperation grows, and thoughts of suicide are never far from his mind.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 11 July 2013
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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 to go to a job interview and see old friends,where he takes stock of himself and his situation.Based on Pierre-Eugene Drieu La Rochelle's 30s novelLe Feu Follet,once filmed by Louis Malle,this is a sombre reflective drama about a man who may be at the end of his life. Anders Danielsen Lie is the thirty something heroin addict allowed out of rehab for a day wandering Oslo,ruminating on the value of his existence: an internal debate that exerts a low-key,powerful grip.The drama is also a love letter to Oslo,rapturously rendered, the city at summer's end is lush and green, redolent with the memories of adolescent bliss, recalled via voiceovers .

Alongside this and even with the hopeful new beginning is the darker heart of Anders-a man with everything going for him,education,family,people who care-finds it impossible to see a future,attempts suicide by drowning just before the day he gets out of the clinic.Anders gets over this and suffers the optimism of others that he can start over from scratch.Anders's peculiar honesty won't allow him to be spurred by pep talks or be suffocated by goodwill.The actor's performance and facial expression of scorn and self hatred capture this quality.His refusal to compromise insisting upon the writer he might have been in the past rather than the writer he may become in the future.His friends and family keep him at a distance.His sister stands him up fearing remission and the enormous financial burden upon his family.His ex-girlfriend won't reply to his phone calls.A gap in his CV makes him fluff a good job interview.
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