MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,254 this week

Oslo, August 31st (2011)
"Oslo, 31. august" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  31 August 2011 (Norway)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 9,680 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 26 user | 148 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 02 Sep 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Sep 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 11 Feb 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Oslo, August 31st (2011)

Oslo, August 31st (2011) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Oslo, August 31st.

User Polls

12 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blind II (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home - a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid's real problems lie ... See full summary »

Director: Eskil Vogt
Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali
Reprise (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman-Høiner, Viktoria Winge
Hawaii, Oslo (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe
Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe
Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Trine Dyrholm, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
Elena (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Stars: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Aleksey Rozin
Elling (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss
Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen
The Return (2003)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Stars: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko
Procter (2002)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A businessman goes home during the working day to change his trousers having spilled coffee on himself. When he arrives in the underground garage below his apartment block he finds a car on... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Ray Eves, Maggie Holland, Michael Hucks
Dyp Kontroll (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A heartbroken, young man discovers a new type of drug that boosts a persons free will. The only negative side effect is that its effect has an end, so how bad can it really be? And why does its maker decide to never sell it ever again?

Director: Eirik M. Bøe
Stars: Eirik M. Bøe, Ole Victor Corral, Anders Danielsen Lie
Still (2001)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Peter Bayliss, Jamie Bradley, David de Keyser
Drama

The plot is undisclosed.

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Jesse Eisenberg, David Strathairn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Lucie Borleteau
Stars: Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Anders
Hans Olav Brenner ...
Johanne Kjellevik Ledang ...
Johanne
Ingrid Olava ...
Rebecca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders Borchgrevink ...
Øystein
Andreas Braaten ...
Karsten
...
Malin
Bettina Fleischer ...
Party guest
Petter Width Kristiansen ...
Petter
Emil Lund ...
Calle
Tone Beate Mostraum ...
Tove
Renate Reinsve ...
Renate
Øystein Røger ...
David
Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal ...
Mirjam
Iselin Steiro
Edit

Storyline

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Oslo, 31 de Agosto  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,564 (USA) (25 May 2012)

Gross:

$100,713 (USA) (14 September 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is very loosely based on the French book "Le feu follet", a 1931 novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. See more »

Quotes

Anders: Look at my life. I'm 34 years old. I've got nothing. I don't want to start from scratch.
See more »

Connections

Version of La grande collection: Le feu follet (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Under Your Spell
Written by J. Jewel/M. Louise
Performed by Desire
© 2009 Italians Do It Better
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A powerful and unforgettable achievement
13 November 2012 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Joachim Trier's brilliant Oslo, August 31st opens with a lovely montage of Oslo, Norway showing its quaint cobblestone streets, sidewalks where children are playing, and a captivating view of a nearby lake. As we watch long shots seen in a car ride from the viewpoint of the passengers, we hear voice-overs talking about their memories and impressions of Oslo. Many recollections are good, some are bad, but all are personal and intimate, the stuff of life, not of movies. Based on Pierre Drieu La Rochelle's 1931 novel "Le Feu Follet," Oslo, August 31st takes place in a 24-hour period, following recovering drug addict 34-year-old Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) as he takes on his first job interview in years after being given a one-day release from a state-run rehabilitation center.

All is not going well, however. As Anders explains during a group therapy session, he hasn't felt much of anything since becoming sober. Two weeks away from completing his rehab, in the morning of the interview he fills his pockets with stones and jumps into the water of a lake in an attempt to drown himself. Unsuccessful in his attempt, he must confront his job interview that afternoon as an Editorial Assistant for a publishing company. The interview goes well and Anders responses are articulate and quite insightful and the employer seems impressed. When the applicant is asked to fill in the gaps in his resume for the last five years, however, he is unable to do so, admitting that he was a drug addict, using cocaine, heroin, DMT, and also alcohol, providing details not requested by the interviewer.

Anders sets himself up to fail and, without waiting to see how his past has affected his chances for employment he grabs his resume out of the employer's hand and walks away from the interview. Rather than return to the center immediately, he visits old friends and makes an afternoon date with his sister Nina, but, unwilling to confront the pain in their relationship, sends a surrogate instead. One of the most moving segments of the film is Ander's extended conversation with former close friend Thomas (Hans Olav Brenner), now a Professor of Literature and married with a young child. In a conversation that is devastatingly real, Thomas tells Anders that he would be crushed if Anders did anything stupid and asks how he can support him.

He tells Anders, however, that his parents are selling their home because of his financial debts, a fact that, no matter how true, does not support his friend in regaining his self-image. Later in the conversation, the talk shifts to Thomas' lack of joy in his own relationship as he wonders what happened to the promise of his youth, not a reassuring message for the struggling Anders. When Thomas tells him "It will get better. It will work out." Anders looks at him with a knowing smile and says, "Except it won't." Looking like a somewhat hip, almost tough young professional with an open leather jacket, Anders then walks around the town with a detached look on his face, more of an observer than a participant in the world around him.

Sitting in an open air café watching people pass by and listening to other people's conversations, there is a palpable sense of isolation so deep and so penetrating that it can tear right into the heart of any viewer who has experienced feelings of alienation. Night clubs, parties, and raves occupy Anders as he starts to fall back into old habits. Though he tells a young student that he sleeps with after one of the parties, "Everything will be forgotten," it is obvious that he does not believe it. He desperately tries to contact his ex-girlfriend Iselin in New York, leaving three messages that tell her he has changed and that he still loves her, but his calls are not returned.

Honest, reflective, insightful, and intimate, Oslo, August 31st is a powerful and unforgettable achievement and Lie's performance is towering. Trier does not allow sentimentality to intrude on his character study of a lost soul whose pain cannot be hidden, nor the hurt he has caused others. We can see the kindness in Anders' heart but not the strength, or feelings of self-worth, and we just want to reach out to him to tell him to listen to the words of the poet Rilke, "And if the earthly no longer knows your name, whisper to the silent earth: I'm flowing. To the flashing water say: I am." Sadly, we cannot get through.


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Norway as a country... mentalgod
Is this it? den_dennis
Loved it! BoredFoe
Trailer excessive_exploitation
Question about the job interview bwilkening
Pronunciation? geenmensiseeneiland
Discuss Oslo, August 31st (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?