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The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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 new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. Anna (Trine Dyrholm, who won Best Actress at the 2016 Berlinale for her performance) is a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), teaches architecture at a university. When Erik's father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it's too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna - who has become frustrated with Erik's dour outlook and longs for something new - suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time). Energized by the era's relaxed taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, rather motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their adventure, but soon take very different paths. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. When Anna tries to reconcile these two situations, the commune - and the marriage at its core - begins to unravel.

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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 gives the kind of wrenching performance that would have inspired Ingmar Bergman to adopt her as his muse.

June 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

"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…

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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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