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Oslo, August 31st


Joachim Trier

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About the Movie

This critically acclaimed film from the director of REPRISE finds Anders on the verge of successfully completing treatment at a drug rehab in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into Oslo for a job interview but instead uses the opportunity to revisit friends and old haunts. 34-year-old Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he’s wasted and all the people he’s let down. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, he will wrestle with the chance of love and the possibility of a new life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Oslo, August 31st" has the satisfying gravity of specific experience, and also, true to its title, a prickly sense of place. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, May 24, 2012

Fresh: "Oslo" is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2012

Fresh: Trier ... keeps us aware of the emotions and perceptions of all the characters, even at those times when their perceptions are limited and differ from objective reality. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 21, 2012

Fresh: A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 29, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Now this is what an independent movie is supposed to be!

Very realistic, indie feel, but quality made- fantastic film, if you like independent film, this is one of the better ones!

Top 10 of 2012

Hands down one of the best films of the year.

Such good filmmaking.

Once or twice a year if I'm lucky I manage to find an art house foreign film as good as "Oslo, August 31st".

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Oslo, August 31st
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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