Saturday, June 1, 2013

Oslo, August 31st

A former magazine editor and drug addict is given a one day reprieve from his rehab facility to attend a job interview at a different publication. After exploding in contemptuous rage at the interview, he journeys around the Norwegian touching base with friends and family while flirting with old demons before returning home to the clinic. Oslo, August 31st is a talky, low-key, introspective film that works quite well early on but loses much of its effect somewhere along the line. It is very well filmed and Anders Danielsen Lie delivers an excellent leading performance.