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Oslo, 31. august (2011)

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 overview, first billed only:
Anders Danielsen Lie ... Anders
Malin Crépin ... Malin
Aksel Thanke Aksel Thanke ... Terapeut (as Aksel M. Thanke)
Hans Olav Brenner 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 Kjellevik Ledang ... Johanne
Renate Reinsve 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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,713, 16 September 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,470,679, 29 May 2014
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Don't Look Now,Motlys See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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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 »

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Anders: He taught me to bike, row, how you can exceed speed limit by 20% without getting busted. 60 at 50, 108 at 90. She spoke of adult matters in English. She taught me to always floss. To put things back where they belong. They hated reactionaries, but waited years before buying a VCR. They were both from Oslo, remembered places we passed. Slightly deaf, he insisted on hearing the absurd: What do you think is best? Got waffles on your chest? They thought intellectual achievement was superior to ...
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Version of The Fire Within (1963) See more »

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Patch To Lucy
Written by E. Skodvin/O. Totland
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© 2005 Type Records
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"Melancholic though efficiently humorous..."
19 January 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter and director Joachim Trier's second feature film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in 2011, was screened in the Vanguard section at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, was shot on location in Oslo, Norway and is a loose adaptation of French writer Pierre Drieu La Rochelle's novel "Le feu follet" from 1931 which French screenwriter, producer and director Louis Malle (1932-1995) honored with his masterful adaptation "The Fire Within" (1963). It tells the story about a recovering drug addict in his thirties named Anders who has been living at an unlocked residential treatment center for a long time. It's summer and Anders is on his way to Oslo, Norway where a job interview awaits him, but first and foremost he has to locate his former girlfriend named Iselin and visit some of his old friends.

Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier's stylistic, acute and to a certain extent lyrical directing, captures both the spirit of Oslo and the spirit of the main character in this melancholic though efficiently humorous drama which similar to the director's feature film debut "Reprise" (2006) has Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie in one of the leading roles, was shot on some of the same locations, was co-written by Norwegian screenwriter Eskil Vogt, photographed by Norwegian cinematographer Jacob Ihre and is a homage to the capital city of Norway. This dense fictional tale is emphasized by its very realistic urban milieu depictions, a fine acting performance by Anders Danielsen Lie where he conveys more with his facial expressions than with his words and some noticeable supporting acting performances by amongst others Hans Olav Brenner as the protagonist's close friend named Thomas.

This quietly paced and character-driven story about friendship, life choices and interpersonal relations where a gifted though scarred and inconsolable man whom has reached a final decision returns to his home-place which he has been away from for a long time, deserves recognition for being one of, if not the only Norwegian film which deals with the theme of suicide so openly. The refined narrative structure, subtle character development, psychological depth, poignant use of sound, rarely nostalgic voice-over narrations, use of music and the ardent cinematography reinforces the significant atmosphere in this minimalistic, existentialistic and introspective study of character which was produced by Norwegian producers Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Yngve Sæther and Sigve Endresen and which gained awards for Best Film and Best Cinematography at The 22nd Stockholm Film Festival in 2011.


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