Oslo, 31. August details
|Starring:||Anders Danielsen Lie|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||Oslo, 31. August|
Oslo, 31. August
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Mar 2012|
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Quiet DespairBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 08 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]The story of a recovering drug addict's attempts to rejoin the world after rehab has been told in many films, but there are some notable differences here. Since the film is set among middle class Norwegian intellectuals, emotions tend to be contained rather than spewed over everyone in outbursts of rage and anger, feelings are verbalised rather than expressed by punching holes in walls and people discuss problems rather than shout and scream at each other. Most importantly, however, the central character refuses to delegate responsibility for his addiction to society at large or his parents, rejecting this blame-shifting by describing himself contemptuously - but realistically - as 'a spoilt brat who ...ked up'. All this restraint makes for a film which is heavy on talk and reflection, but light on action or emotional excess - no bad thing, in my view, but others may disagree. It also raises the question, possibly inadvertently, of whether or not the sort of control shown is more helpful than the emotional incontinence which we are all advised to display in extremis as catharsis. It's a well made, well acted and very interesting film, all told.
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Don't BotherBy calnfa (44 reviews) from cheltenham , 11 Nov 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film is AWFUL. Bloke leaves rehab, goes and meets some old mates, wanders about, buys a load of gear, bangs it up in his parents house while they are away, the end.
fragility of a second chanceBy filmamateur (104 reviews) , 18 Aug 2013I am a big fan of this director and actor whom I loved in Reprise, it's a very moving story about a second chance that is not a redemption . it shows so well the fragility of broken souls & the inability for the friends & family to do anything to help mend the very damaged ego. beautiful but very, very sad
Gentle masterpiece.By KarenRangeley (1 review) , 27 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideHad me entranced all the way through..beautifully filmed and superb acting...could feel where the plot was dragging me and so didn't want it to go there. So poignant. A gentle masterpiece.
A Beautiful but Honest HopelessnessBy jahphotos (11 reviews) from Oxford, England , 25 Apr 2013If you have dealt with depression, you should see this movie. It does not offer hope, but it understands depression in a way that so many movies and books do not. From moment to moment, and, as this film's title implies, day to day, depression changes a life in ways that no other person can hope to understand. I was captivated by the beauty and simplicity of this film, and by its honesty. It is not cliched, and it is certainly not Hollywood.
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Visually GoodBy buffyrules (368 reviews) from southend on sea , 28 Feb 2013A good attempt at something different here but it felt like too much work was done on the visual elements here and less done on character development and building. The performances were solid but a lack of depth left me a little cold. It does contain some excellent stand out scenes that show the main characters isolation from society.