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Oslo, August 31st (2011)

Oslo, 31. august (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 31 August 2011 (Norway)
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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.

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Joachim Trier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders Danielsen Lie ... Anders
Malin Crépin ... Malin
Aksel Thanke Aksel Thanke ... Terapeut (as Aksel M. Thanke)
Hans Olav Brenner ... Thomas
Ingrid Olava Ingrid Olava ... Rebekka
Øystein Røger ... David
Tone Beate Mostraum Tone Beate Mostraum ... Tove (as Tone B. Mostraum)
Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal ... Mirjam
Petter Width Kristiansen Petter Width Kristiansen ... Petter
Emil Lund Emil Lund ... Calle
Johanne Kjellevik Ledang ... Johanne
Renate Reinsve ... Renate
Andreas Braaten Andreas Braaten ... Karsten
Anders Borchgrevink Anders Borchgrevink ... Øystein
Lennart Anker Lennart Anker ... Terapigruppen
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Storyline

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 ikissmymom

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A city. A man. A day. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Oslo, 31 août See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,564, 27 May 2012

Gross USA:

$101,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,470,679
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Anders: It will get better. Everything will be alright.
[laughing]
Anders: Except it won't, you know.
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Referenced in Fokus på Film fra Sør (2011) See more »

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Drug addiction is tough *sigh*
1 August 2012 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

The opening and closing minutes of Oslo, August 31rst are peerless filmmaking, a simultaneously nostalgic and disturbing slideshow of images from the titular city, which appears as some kind of larger supernatural entity with a will of its own. The film that they bracket is pretty decent too. It's a quiet slice of cinema verite about Anders, a recovering drug addict.

This isn't your standard AA-approved narrative of redemption, and that's what makes it good. Anders discovers that the world outside is frosty, ambivalent towards him, and most of all banal and meaningless. Of course, the difficulty is portraying banality without being banal yourself, and Trier doesn't entirely succeed here. But it does provide, on top of the more philosophical statement, a great representation of the difficulty of getting back into society after leaving it. Oslo, August 31rst is smart enough to see the social barriers that make the standard addiction narrative so deceitful.

Other than the immediately striking opening, there's nothing overtly impressive about this film. It has its flaws, such as the ending, which seems contrived compared to everything that's come before. But it's a quietly solid picture that certainly deserves a little of your time.


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