Combustible Celluloid
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With: Anders Danielsen Lie, Malin Crepin, Aksel M. Thanke, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Oystein Roger, Tone B. Mostraum, Kjaersti Odden Skjeldal
Written by: Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Directed by: Joachim Trier
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Norwegian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 95
Date: 05/18/2011

Oslo, August 31st (2011)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Day Job

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of the year's most acclaimed movies, Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st, from Norway, is a deceptively simple drama that takes place over the course of one day. Recovering addict Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) checks out of a treatment center to go on a job interview. While he's out, he looks up a few old friends, goes to a party, meets a girl, and generally re-assesses his life. It may seem like a heavy-handed "issue" film, but instead it's a story about life's lost moments, and the precious few we do manage to catch.

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