Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, August 31st ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

These types of dramas (philosophical, realistic, and society critiquing) are my absolute favourite films. Also why my disappointment at the end hit harder than others. A rewatch could change that opinion.

It has a cool beginning, with a recap of old Oslo to set the mood. It felt very original and also made one interested. 

This is very hardhitting movie with questions about life, how to live your life and how not to. It’s a coming of age film in it’s own way, but instead of a teenager it’s from a young adult to an adult. An interesting premise, because you get a feeling of the protagonist background and early life, which has led him to where he are. A disappointment for himself, his friends and family, and the society. Or at least that’s what he is feeling.

It speculates on the feeling of worthiness, when is one ready to be an adult, how hard is it being one, with work, marriage and children. The film is always centering on the main themes of loneliness, drug addiction and suicide. 

Besides the opening scene it has a lot of original ways of creating an atmosphere of loneliness or disappointment. It is a great way of visually creating his hearing and thoughts, when he observes life around him at the café. He is slowly observing normal life outside of his prior drug addictions.

It’s a dialogue film, with aspects of existentialism and realism. It relies on its well-written script, with its philosophical approach.
“They didn’t teach me that friendship slowly devolves, until you one day are strangers.” That’s the stuff i LOVE! So hard hitting and philosophical. More of that!
It unfortunately deviates from this approach, with a third act of mainly telling the story of addiction, failure and how to move on (being caught in his old life). Which is important, but I could have used more of the first and second act’s philosophy. In the end, a very disappointing third act, since I wasn’t as affected by him and his story. 

Directed by Joachim Trier

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