Oslo, August 31, Joachim Trier's second film is a success (review)

Oslo, August 31, Joachim Trier's second film is a success (review)

Before triumphing thanks to Julie in 12 chapters, the Norwegian director had amazed Première with this film, to be seen again this evening on France 4.

“It's the last day of summer and Anders, at the end of rehab, goes to town for a day for a job interview. The opportunity to take stock of missed opportunities, the vanished dreams of youth, and, perhaps, the hope of a new beginning…”

In 2012, First greatly appreciated the second achievement of Joachim Trierwhich has since conquered the planet thanks to Julie in 12 chapters. Here is our review ofOslo, August 31which is scheduled this Saturday at 9 p.m. on France 4.

Joachim Trier's second feature film confirms the promises of New deal, a shaky film where a personal vision and style emerged. Like its predecessor, Oslo, August 31 is part of a precise narrative device: 24 hours in the life of a man in crisis, which we follow through his encounters.

More direct, less scattered, the story, freely inspired by Will-o'-the-wisp by Drieu La Rochelle, thus gains in dramatic intensity. The best idea of ​​the film is to never show Anders' parents, sister and former girlfriend from whom we learn, through intermediaries or an inner voice, the importance they hold in his life. Confronting them with the hero would certainly have contributed to making the subject heavier, which prohibits any moralism or judgment.

Anders Danielsen Lie plays the wounded interiority with beautiful consistency, as in this very beautiful scene where his character, on the terrace of a café, reacts imperceptibly to the private discussions of the anonymous people around him.

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