Battelle film: Olso, August 31st is exceptional

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comApril 17, 2013 

In Oslo, August 31st, Anders is an unhappy addict in Oslo. He is almost done with rehab. Anders is depressed. He doesn't feel like his life is going anywhere, that it will ever go anywhere and he just wants to die.

The conversation between Anders and his best friend, acquaintances, a relative and other characters is uncomfortable. At times writer/director Joachim Trier makes you feel like you're eavesdropping on very personal stuff you shouldn't be hearing. It adds to the film's unique flavor.

Trier is a cinematic genius. Anders is shot from angles that give you a sense of what the man is thinking. He is in mood-setting focus, then mood-setting out of focus. What isn't out of focus is this exceptional character study.

Oslo, August 31st

Director: Joachim Trier

Star: Anders Danielsen Lie

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Not rated but probably a heavy PG-13 or an R for mature themes. It plays at 8 p.m. April 19 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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