Sunday, May 26, 2013
Film - Oslo, August 31st (2011)
On Sheila's recommendation I saw Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st recently, starring Anders Danielsen Lie a triple-threat: musician, actor, and doctor. It's a beautiful interior portrait of a day in the life of an addict who, after time in rehab, is about to move back into society. He gets a pass for a job interview and visits people and places from his former life, aware only of the gulf between where he was when he exited that life and the present. Lie is one of those actors knows that the work is in preparing yourself to be inside the experience of the character and then to perform simple actions of living and let that work reveal itself. You never watch the effort to communicate a thought or feeling, the wish to be something other than he is, you only see him where he is. This film feels so private - a man trapped by his decisions, a man for whom disaster seems inevitable. What a beautiful film.