Thirty-four-year-old Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead uses the opportunity as a way to drift around and revisit old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Oslo, August 31st" has the satisfying gravity of specific experience, and also, true to its title, a prickly sense of place.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 05.24.2012
Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 05.23.2012
"Oslo" is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 05.31.2012
It's a marvelously constructed personal journey, both wrenching and bittersweet, whose emotional ripple effects stay with you for days and weeks afterward.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 05.24.2012