The Celebration (Festen) (1998)
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This Danish comedy drama won the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. It opens in rural Denmark as family members assemble for the 60th birthday celebration of patriarch Helge (Henning Moritzen). At the family estate are Helge's children: France-based restaurateur Christian (Ulrich Thomsen), whose twin sister killed herself; surviving sister Helene (Paprika Steen); and younger brother Michael (Thomas Bo Larsen), married with three children. At the birthday dinner, the bitter Christian
Jun 19, 1998 Wide
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The Celebration is founded on a cheeky display of cinephilic self-promotion.
gripping and devastatingly powerful
Best of the 'Dogme' fims, which isn't saying much, but there you go.
Extraordinary...It is a celebration, not of a sham birthday party, but of the transformative power of truth.
A major triumph for the Dogme group, and a success from any point of view.
Pungent family drama, but thuddingly self-serious and wildly overpraised.
It's a fine line to walk, that between comedy and misery, but Vinterberg handles the balancing act magnificently.
Watching the picture, it felt more like a cerebral experience, than a normal film.
Draws the viewer in with its immediacy, emotional rawness, and elements of surprise, shock and suspense.
showcases excellent acting, a great screenplay, and new innovative cinematography that is exciting and exhausting at the same time
Vinterberg, while successfully holding his viewer's attention and moving his tale along with dispatch, doesn't here justify the unpleasantness with fresh insight.
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