Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, August 31st ★★★½

Movie #6 of March Challenge (Norway)

Oslo, August 31st is as quiet as it is heartbreaking. Director Joachim Trier nails the tone, and along with the stunning camerawork and raw acting, it makes for a very unique glimpse into a day (or should I say, a life) of a recovering addict.

Meeting Thomas, the job interview and sitting alone in a cafe were several key scenes which I really loved, the first half of the movie more precisely.

After that, everything was just so predictable, and it's a shame, because the first half was subverting movie tropes left, right and center. The third act is always the toughest to get right, but here it was like they weren't even trying to build on the impressive first half, which left a bad taste in my mouth.

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