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Evy Kasseth Røsten
Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On 30 August, he is given a day's leave to attend a job interview in the city center. After visiting his friend Thomas, he proceeds to his appointment. In the interview, he admits to being a drug addict and storms out. He then wanders the streets of Oslo for the rest of the day and night, meeting, and sometimes confronting, people from his past. The film ends the next day, 31 August. Focusing on the decisions Anders has made with his time off. Written by
A riveting and devastating norwegian drama that tells the story about Anders, who is recovering from drug addiction and takes a brief leave from his treatment facility to meet with his old friends, family and also attend a job interview in Oslo. There are several moments where you see that Anders is completely filled with hopelessness and melancholy inside, feeling he cannot start over again anymore. The film examines that aspect of emptiness that can take over you in such a tragic, disturbing and realistic manner, making me cringe at times. You can see the inevitable ending coming, which doesn't take any of its great impact away. Oslo, August 31st is essentially a character driven study, being a very powerful and touching experience.
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