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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00695AVL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,134 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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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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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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By Moira TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2016
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The film follows 24 hours in the life of Anders, a recovering drug addict. It is shot in beautiful locations from the rehab facility out in the woods to the comfy middle class Oslo he comes from. The bright minimalist background, however, belies Anders empty interior. Even before he leaves rehab for the day to attend a job interview and visit family, he quietly but unsuccessfully, attempts to drown himself.

The date is no coincidence as the film has an end of summer, end of the road feel to it. Looking forward Anders can only sense the dark nights drawing in literally and metaphorically. At 34 he is in no mood to start over in a life he is bored with. He fails at the job interview and to meet with his sister who doesn't want to see him. He meets friends, some bored with their own lives and at every step has to ask what is the point of the effort it will take to make the next.

The subject is a depressing one but the naturalistic style and honest conclusions Anders comes to about himself and his life make it worth watching. There is a stand out scene in a cafe where he listens to the chatter of other customers that really emphasises his isolation. The end credits reversing back over the locations he has visited that day reminded me of 'Before Sunrise' but with a bleak subject matter and conclusion.
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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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