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Oslo, August 31st -- 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.
Oslo, August 31st -- 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.

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31 August 2011 (Norway) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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A powerful and unforgettable achievement See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Anders Danielsen Lie ... Anders
Hans Olav Brenner ... Thomas
Johanne Kjellevik Ledang ... Johanne
Ingrid Olava ... Rebecca
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders Borchgrevink ... Øystein
Andreas Braaten ... Karsten

Malin Crépin ... 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
Aksel Thanke ... Therapist
Petter With
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Directed by
Joachim Trier 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre Drieu La Rochelle  novel "Le feu follet"
Joachim Trier 
Eskil Vogt 

Produced by
Therese Naustdal .... line producer
Hans-Jørgen Osnes .... producer
Yngve Sæther .... producer
 
Original Music by
Torgny Amdam 
Ola Fløttum 
 
Cinematography by
Jakob Ihre (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Olivier Bugge Coutté 
 
Casting by
Christian Rubeck 
Emil Trier 
 
Production Design by
Jørgen Stangebye Larsen 
 
Art Direction by
Solfrid Kjetså 
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Dæhli Ystehede 
 
Production Management
Magnus Ramsdalen .... production manager
Annette Staubo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans-Jørgen Osnes .... first assistant director
Paul Tunge .... first assistant director: second unit
Paul Tunge .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jens Berger .... assistant property master
Jostein Oksavik .... props
Iselin Steiro .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ingar Asdahl .... sound recordist
Hugo Ekornes .... foley recordist
Roy Fenstad .... foley artist
Camilla Gjødal .... sfx recordist
Gunn Tove Grønsberg .... sound editor
Gisle Tveito .... sound designer
Gisle Tveito .... sound editor
Gisle Tveito .... sound re-recording mixer
Fanny Wadman .... boom operator
Andrew Windtwood .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Raymond Gangstad .... film scanning
Kjetil Haugen .... online editor
 
Stunts
Deni Jordan .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gernot Grondinger .... steadicam operator
Maria Haglund .... first assistant camera
Stian Jorde .... gaffer
Thomas Lund .... lighting technician
Bo Lundgreen .... grip
Torfinn Rønning Sanderud .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Hallvard Berby .... casting assistant
Marita Holmeset-Varpe .... casting production manager
Espen Klouman-Høiner .... casting assistant
Jakob Rørvik .... casting assistant
David Skaufjord .... casting assistant
Eirik Sæter Stordahl .... casting assistant
Glenn Erland Tosterud .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Dæhli Ystehede .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Julien Alary .... colorist
Vårin Andersen .... logger
Jens Christian Fodstad .... trailer editor
Raymond Gangstad .... conform
Christian Siebenherz .... assistant editor
Espen Skjørdal .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Torgny Amdam .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Jimmi Berger .... laser film recording
Pelle Folmer .... lab coordinator
Jørgen Johannessen .... location manager
Jørgen Johannessen .... location scout
Jørgen Johannessen .... researcher
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Petter Onstad Løkke .... production assistant
Ragna Nordhus Midtgard .... production intern
 

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Also Known As:
"Oslo, 31. august" - Norway (original title)
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95 min
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The movie is very loosely based on the French book "Le feu follet", a 1931 novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle.See more »
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Anders:Look at my life. I'm 34 years old. I've got nothing. I don't want to start from scratch.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A powerful and unforgettable achievement, 13 November 2012
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

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.

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