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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 12.19.11] Norway drama

Though it premiered rather quietly at Cannes earlier this year, Joachim Trier's second feature has been making the festival rounds since May and has now landed on the schedule at Sundance where it is likely to garner more attention from North American press.

Trier continues his study of the trials of middle class living with Oslo, August 31st. The film, adapted from Pierre Drieu La Rochelle's novel, stars Anders Danielsen Lie as Anders, a young and bright man living a lifestyle of drug abuse that has landed him in a rehab centre in the countryside. As part of completing his rehab, Anders is given a day, the titular August 31st, to head into Oslo for a job interview and while there, he uses his time to reconnect with his friends and the city he loves.

In a statement for the European Film Awards, Trier mentions that he has a fascination with middle class life and that there are interesting and heartfelt stories to be told about the "seemingly fortunate." I find that an interesting statement and though I've yet to see Reprise, a film which landed on my radar a few years ago, I'm curious to see where he goes with Anders' story. The trailer certainly suggests some gorgeous cinematography and a great, naturalistic performance from Danielsen Lie.

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