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Review: 'Oslo, August 31st' A Tender, Bleak Search For Hope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2012 1:41 PM
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A reprint of of our review from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch: Trailer For Joachim Trier's Cannes Flick 'Oslo, 31 August'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 2:22 AM
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Joachim Trier's 2008 debut "Reprise," a kinetic, moving depiction of the friendship and rivalry between two young authors, is something of a favorite around these parts, and we've been eagerly awaiting the Norwegian director's follow-up. That film, "Oslo, 31 August," debuted as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this week and, while it doesn't quite match up to its predecessor, it's still a tender, beautifully shot picture.

First Look & Plot Details: 'Reprise' Director Joachim Trier's 2011 Cannes Entry, 'Oslo, August 31st'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2011 4:53 AM
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You'll likely need some context for this one, so let's rewind. In 2008, our Editor-in-Chief named Norwegian director Joachim Trier's 2008 debut feature, "Reprise" the #1 film of the year, over things like Steven Soderbergh's "Che," the fantastic documentary "Man On Wire" and works of elegiac Malick-ian beauty like "Silent Light" (holy crap, not only was 2008 not only a fantastic year for films, it was an amazing one for foreign films). A bold movie, perhaps a naive one full of woozy drunk passion, but nonetheless, Trier's electric ode to youthful restlessness, friendship and ambition is a striking debut that none of us have easily forgotten.

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