Ty Burr: 10. “Oslo August 31st”
In a year of films that testified to the strengths of the group, Joachim Trier’s boundlessly compassionate drama is about the disaster of being alone. Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a 30-something ex-heroin addict getting out of rehab for a day and visiting old friends and haunts in the title city. What could be a one-note bummer instead becomes a heartbreaking essay on estrangement, with Anders’s apartness coming to seem almost a form of protest against a world that has moved on without him. The scene in which he sits in a cafe, listening to snatches of conversation around him, with Trier’s camera shifting focus in sympathetic increments, is a miniature masterpiece on its own.