Oslo, August 31 (2011)

JOACHIM TRIER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Oslo, 31. august

Norway, 2011.  Don’t Look Now, Motlys.  Screenplay by Joachim Trier, , based on the novel Le Feu Follet by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2011.

Anders is nearing the end of his stint in rehab for heroin addiction, sent by his counselors into the city for a job interview that will hopefully lead to the next stage of his life.  Taking advantage of the opportunity that being in Oslo provides, he reconnects with friends and family members before attending a party where old habits threaten to return. What Anders discovers, little by little, is that recovering from his addiction is not just a matter of kicking the habit of shooting up but of actually finding a way to connect with people he feels distant from, and find his place in a world he does not believe he can rejoin. Subtly directed and featuring terrific performances, this one has a barely detectable atmosphere of tension and unsettling despair that keeps it grounded throughout. Based on the same novel by Pierre Drieu la Rochelle that was previously adapted by Louis Malle as The Fire Within.

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