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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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Critic Reviews for The Commune (Kollektivet)

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (4)

Spritzes of humor skewer adults who are forgivably incompetent at managing their lives.

October 20, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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It may veer towards sentimentality, but overall this is a warm and absorbing melodrama.

July 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Entertains at a TV sitcom level, with its pithy dialogue, its chorus of thinly drawn caricatures and its cozy sense of mockery towards the failed social experiments of past generations. But as serious cinema, it feels limited for the same reasons.

February 23, 2016 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Aims for a bittersweet release of feeling that lands, at its most misjudged points, closer to emotional sadism.

February 23, 2016 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The Commune is broad and rudderless after its first act. The potential for a vignette-driven hangout flick or a sharp social critique are there, but the movie won't commit to either.

March 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Willamette Week

Interesting, occasionally poignant and perfectly watchable, The Commune is well-paced, well-written and well-made -- but it is far from Vinterberg's best.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…
Film Ireland Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Commune (Kollektivet)

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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