Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, August 31st ★★★★½

The second feature film by filmmaker Joachim Trier is the second part of the Oslo trilogy - between 2006's Reprise and The Worst Person In The World (2021). Both Trier and co-writer Eskil Vogt have created a unique character study that focuses on a drug addict confronting his demons.

Depressing, realistic and clever in equal measure, the movie features a strong central performance from Anders Danielsen Lie, a frequent collaborator of Trier's and also a real life doctor. Its his acting that gives the film its heart and he shows a range of emotions that make Oslo August 31st an unforgettable experience.

I'm not sure how much research was put into the film but, to my knowledge, it was also a realistic depiction of someone struggling with depression (something I suffer from) and fatigue. He is also joined by a great supporting cast alongside Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava and Øystein Røger. There is also a small but delightful role from Renate Reinsve, who would appear as the lead character Julie in The Worst Person In The World.

Featuring cinematography from Jakob Ihre and a soundtrack containing the likes of A-Ha and Daft Punk, Oslo August 31st is well made but painful Norwegian drama that creates a convincing world and features one of the best pieces of acting I have ever seen in modern movies.

It may be difficult at times, but Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier have made something memorable that is recommended viewing for those interested in movies from Norway, a country that has become a powerhouse in contemporary cinema.

Oslo, August 31st is currently available to stream on Mubi and can also be found in physical format.

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