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The Commune (2016)

Kollektivet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Trine Dyrholm ... Anna
Fares Fares ... Allon
Ulrich Thomsen ... Erik
Magnus Millang ... Steffen
Mads Reuther ... Jesper
Julie Agnete Vang ... Mona
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Ole
Ole Dupont ... Elegant Gentleman
Helene Reingaard Neumann Helene Reingaard Neumann ... Emma
Lise Koefoed Lise Koefoed ... Make-up artist
Adam Fischer Adam Fischer ... Architect Student
Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen ... Freja
Morten Rose Morten Rose ... Editorial employee
Anne Gry Henningsen ... Ditte
Ulver Skuli Abildgaard Ulver Skuli Abildgaard ... Preben
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Storyline

Erik, a lecturer in architecture, inherits his father's large old house in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. His wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, suggests that they invite their friends to come and live with them. In this way she hopes to evade the boredom that has begun to seep into their marriage. Before long, a dozen women, men and children move into the country house, make collective decisions, engage in discussions and go swimming together in the nearby Øresund strait. They also rub each other up the wrong way on account of their smaller and larger idiosyncrasies. Their fragile equilibrium threatens to come undone when Erik falls in love with his student Emma and the young woman moves into the house. Fourteen-year-old Freja, daughter of Erik and Anna, aloofly observes these goings-on and seeks her own way. Written by AnonymusB

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Taglines:

You Choose Your Family

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Netherlands

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commune See more »

Filming Locations:

Hellerup, Sjælland, Denmark

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,249, 21 May 2017

Gross USA:

$38,737

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,410,339
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Thomas Vinterberg's play of the same name, which is inspired by his colourful childhood in an academic commune north of Copenhagen. See more »

Goofs

The signs on the bus stops were not introduced until the late 80's or 90's. See more »

Quotes

Erik: 450 square meters is too big. The difference between living together and not is that you can feel, see and hear each other.
Anna: Or perhaps living in a small place makes you small-minded
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (as B. Taupin)
Performed by Elton John
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An interesting, exotic, intense story that is not truly engaging
6 May 2016 | by zoranovSee all my reviews

Less difficult to watch then The Hunt or Festen, Thomas Vinterberg's Kollektivet (The Commune) impresses with great cinematography and how successfully it seems to reconstruct the details of the sixties and seventies fashion in Copenhagen, Denmark. But at the same time, it fails to deliver a truly engaging story. It's an interesting story, it's an exotic story, but the situations presented are so unfamiliar for someone who hasn't even considered living in a commune that it simply makes the plot hard to relate to. The Danish director apparently grew in a commune, but that doesn't mean that the story is autobiographical. However, it is pretty obvious that such a subject couldn't be presented so convincingly by someone without the experience of living in a commune. European movies are more and more something of an alternative cinema treat and this movie is a quite a delight from that perspective. The alternative lifestyle of the protagonists is presented in such detail that it doesn't seem forced or artificial. Most of the characters have strong personalities, but these are kind of ignored, as the pace is too quick to stop for them. Ultimately, what truly sticks out in your memory hours even after watching the movie is a very sad love story. A story about allowing extreme changes to your lifestyle and then having to bear all the consequences, with all the associated happiness and tears. "Maybe this is what people use to do in the Northern parts of Europe, I don't know what to say" was the first reaction of someone in the audience that I overheard at the European Film Festival, after the Bucharest opening screening. I kind of agreed. It is quite difficult to relate to a movie about an extreme leftist commune from Denmark. However, if you like strange stories that show with great talent a historical time and place, then The Commune is something you might fully appreciate. Yes, the action could also take place in a more modern setting, as the world is full of communes. However, what really makes this movie watchable is the love invested in recreating the look & feel of a defunct 20th century decade as seen and felt in a Northern Europe capital by a truly talented and hard- working director.


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