Oslo, August 31 @ The Flicks 1 + 2
(95 min, drama, with English subtitles)
Probably the most hard-hitting and resonant foreign film you’ll see in a long time. Oslo August 31st sets itself up with serene, fuzzy home footage and tales of blissful memories spent in the titular city of Oslo only to cut to the bleak life of Anders, a former heroin addict on his first day of life out of rehab.
Searching for a meaning and a purpose in this new life he finds little in his friends’ bourgeois city routines, which he neither desires nor feels he could achieve anyway, and their claims that “it’ll all get better” fail to move a mind constantly probing and analysing the reality of his situation.
Undeniably disturbing, yet intimate and tender, this is a film that will get close to your heart, one unafraid to bring up difficult questions and brilliantly able to provoke an idea of the absurdity of it all.