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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.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

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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