Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Thoughtful character study with profound thoughts on life, ambition and happiness. Great cinematography though it struggles with pacing and story.
With influences from two of my top 10 films, Hiroshima Mon Amour and La Haine, Oslo August 31st inherently belongs in a category of films I love. It's a very thoughtful character drama with great profound moments on life, ambition, happiness, fulfilment and second chances. The film's strongest moments are its concise reflections as the protagonist meets with an old friend or eavesdrops at a cafe. The highlight is the performance from the lead actor, Anders Danielsen Lie, who carries the whole film on his shoulders and the great washed out hand-held cinematography with its fantastic muted colour palette and interesting camera movements. However, it does struggle with pace and content at some stages where we just follow the character without meaning and purpose before we get to the interesting moments which don't feel as connected as they could have been. It's still a great, subtle and tragic film.
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