Reviews

Oslo, August 31st

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A day in the life of a young recovering drug addict

Joachim Trier’s low-key drama achieves resonance through restraint, its quiet observations bursting into heartfelt emotions to forge a study of alienation and depression.

A reworking of the 1963 Louis Malle film Le Feu Follet, it follows suicidal junkie Anders on a day trip from rehab, hoping to renew his lease for life only to discover that everybody’s got their own problems. Much rests on Anders Danielsen Lie’s central performance, but the real triumph is the director’s ability to transcend specifics, notably in a café set-piece that swaps verité for virtuoso.

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