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Oslo, August 31st [DVD]

Joachim Trier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00695AVL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,391 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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Norwegian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Everybody deserves a second chance. Oslo, August 31st is a film about one man's past mistakes and his last chance for salvation. It's 30th August in a sun drenched Oslo. Recovering drug addict, Anders, is given the day's leave from his countryside rehab clinic to attend a job interview in the city centre. However, when Anders miserably fails the interview he becomes hellbent on confronting the people from his past. Worlds collide, hearts are broken, and the fate of Ander's life lie well in the balance. Only tomorrow will tell. From critically acclaimed director Joachim Trier, Oslo, August 31st. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Oslo, August 31st ( Oslo, 31. august ) ( Oslo, August Thirty First )

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oslo Rehab and Life Sucks type film 9 April 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an imperfect day... 2 May 2012
By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and real 6 Aug 2013
By mg1900
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Everything will be forgotten' 8 July 2013
By ADAM
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 2 May 2013
Format:DVD
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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