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Genre Drama
Running Time 95 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date May 25, 2012
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Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august)

Thirty-four-year-old Anders 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.

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Aug. 29, 2012 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, “Oslo, August 31st” breaks your heart many times over. The first time is the early sequence in which Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie), on day release from his treatment program, visits an old party pal. The friend, Thomas (Hans Olav Brenner), is married now with two young children, and he chafes against his new respectability — he sees Anders as a welcome reminder of the bad old days. Anders just sees the badness, and as the two converse with quiet intensity in an Oslo park, we sense how completely removed from ordinary life the hero has become. At 35, he’s being asked to step back into the world, and he has no idea where to put his feet.

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