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The Commune may not stand with Thomas Vinterberg's greatest work, but the end results remain thought-provoking and overall absorbing.
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The Commune turns out to be a fairly predictable exercise in neoliberal backlash, as a bunch of free-love radicals crash on the rocks of their own enlightenment.
Dyrholm ... movingly captures the struggles of a middle-aged career woman who revels in the new freedoms of the 1970s, while ultimately falling victim to them.
"The Commune" doesn't pull its punches: We're shown that nontraditional households can be very taxing on individuals and are anything but good medicine for stale marriages.
Dyrholm's extraordinary performance is conspicuously better than Thomsen's. She's the best - the only - reason to check out The Commune.
These are all fascinating concepts, but The Commune isn't all that interested in exploring them.
Dramatic contrasts and contradictions abound in "The Commune," but it finds room for quieter things, too.
It's so frustratingly close to brilliance but never coalesces into anything more than a strongly constructed familial drama, one that allows its supporting characters to fade in and out of the happenings with little rhyme or reason.
Think Abigail's Party with added Nordic bleakness, plus superb performances from Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen in the leads, and you have the measure of this smart, stylish drama.
The Commune is a punishing movie; it's 111 minutes but feels longer. I don't blame the actors.
At least Vinterberg is not nostalgic about the past, but rather wistful-sooner or later we all betray our romantic selves of the past.
With the subtitles clearly struggling to capture the film's constantly shifting dramatic tone, this feels like that rare thing -- a piece of Scandi-drama that simply doesn't translate.
[Actress Trine] Dyrholm gives a painfully vulnerable performance which makes up for a few melodramatic moments towards the end.
A very funny two first thirds and a beautifully acted, those less engaging, final third - it remains an always interesting film and has beautiful period detail, and winning performances.
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