The Commune

2016, Drama, 1h 52m

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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. Read critic reviews

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Personal desires clash with solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune.

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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.

    July 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Trine Dyrholm delivers a powerful performance as Anna, a woman whose heart won't align with her head, as does Ulrich Thomsen as the testy Erik.

    May 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    May 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Dyrholm's extraordinary performance is conspicuously better than Thomsen's. She's the best - the only - reason to check out The Commune.

    May 19, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • These are all fascinating concepts, but The Commune isn't all that interested in exploring them.

    May 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Trine Dyrholm delivers a powerful performance as Anna, a woman whose heart won't align with her head, as does Ulrich Thomsen as the testy Erik.

    May 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    May 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Shows how tricky this idea is to pull off, even in a society consistently rated one of the happiest in the world.

    June 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Danish keep on killing it at finding new angles in family dramas. In The Commune, we see a marriage fall apart as they try to assimilate the new limits of personal freedom during the swinging 70s.

    January 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 24, 2016
    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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