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A Danish film produced in the Dogma style by Thomas Vinterberg that portrays a family having a party for their father when one son makes a toast speech that tells the truth about the murder of their eldest sister possibly involving the father.
”This family...is kaput.”
In the first film created under the rules of Dogme 95 manifesto, director Thomas Vinterberg addresses some serious and gut-wrenching issues and dares to ask some unnerving questions about the value and importance of truth and challenges some unchangeable facts like the integrity and holiness of family and shows us a disordered and problematic society which is suffering from melancholy and disruption. The biggest and most admirable achievement of Vinterberg is his ability in finding a balance between making a groundbreaking visual experience and at the same time telling a story in a classic way. Anthony Dod Mantle (the cinematographer of Rush, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours)does a brilliant job by inventing a mind-blowing and at times…
I've put off since last night trying to review this film, and I don't think I'm ready to write anything cohesent now either, but here goes.
"Festen" is an early Dogme '95 movie that actually excels from adhering to the strict rules. The shaky cam puts you right in the middle of the chaos, the restriced lighting has an equal effect in strengthening the feeling of losing control of the events. I've never been much of a fan of music setting the mood either, and in forbidding such effects "Festen" really gets under your skin, with awkward silences and not a drop of sound drowned out from a musical score. All…
When filming according to the Dogme 95 rules, it quickly becomes apparent that story and storytelling is everything.
The Celebration tells a terrible story, but one that is captivating in its brutal honesty. Once the setup is finished and the catalyst in the story is revealed, most films of this type fall flat. This, however, doesn't.
It is intent to wrench every ounce of grief, pain, anger and fear out of its characters and make us a participant of it. It is hard to love this film because of its subject matter, but it is easy to admire it because of the skill on display.
Because of the level of sobriety in terms of filmmaking there is hardly any static to keep us from being sucked into the horrible hornet's nest that is this family. And if you allow all this to happen it makes for a harrowing experience that cuts deep.
Vinterberg's subsequent career has been so meh-minus that I actively feared returning to this and discovering that it's actually mediocre. No worries. I'll be writing a lengthy essay for The Dissolve when we do this as Film Of The Week soon (edit: here it is), so for now here's what I wrote from NYFF '98, to which I'll add only that this is perhaps the best movie ever made about damage control.
Given the appalling, anything-goes direction in which the movies seem to be heading, with Hollywood relying on shallow spectacle and foreign/indie auteurs on callow shock tactics, it's both telling and ironic that the best film in NYFF '98—the only truly first-rate flick in the lineup, for…
festen is the first film made in conjunction with the dogme '95 manifesto, which was composed by thomas vinterbeg (the director of festen), and lars von trier.
the restrictions of the manifesto mean that the driving forces behind a great dogme film will most likely be a simple but particularly engaging story, and excellently written characters played by excellent actors. festen surpasses expectation on each of these fronts. the cast, especially, consisting of some of denmark's best actors of recent years, has an extraordinary chemistry, as well as incredible individual performances from the four leads.
the film also highlights the tongue-in-cheek nature of the manifesto. as with other 'manifestos' published by lars von trier as prefaces to his earlier films,…
Part 23 of the 30 Countries project.
For the purposes of this project this movie is classed as at least partially being of Danish origin as per its listing on imdb.
It's fifteen years since I first heard of the Dogme '95 movement and ten years since I studied the first group of films and the two major players involved in drafting the manifesto, von Trier and Vinterberg, and yet somehow viewing Festen has eluded me until now.
Festen is quite clearly the best film made under the guidelines, not just for the visceral nature of the storytelling but the way Vinterberg made the obstructions, the restrictions, the vow of chastity work for his film. It seems like all other…
My first official Dogme 95 viewing.
The first film of the Dogme 95 movement is a tremendous film about a family celebration that comes apart by secrets that are unveiled where many truths about families and such come into play as it is one of the finest films of the 1990s.
That wasn't painful at all.
fok is off klootzak
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very close to a 4.5 but not quite, because I'm not sure about its originality. It reminds me of 12 angry men, but darker in a sense, as the subject matter is mainly incest... It was definitely not what I expected looking at the front cover. It was much more, in a good way. It dealt with various social and personal issues, including racism, sexual abuse and suicide. I loved the neutral colour palette of the film, it helped to construct a very realistic setting. The director didn't put the characters in a dark setting with quiet voices to talk about rape, they yell and argue about it in the afternoon sunlight of a family luncheon. This movie tries to…
The definitive Dogma film and one of the greatest of all Denmark's cinema. Vinterberg sums up the movement in one swift flourish, with the kinetic and rough visual style, the visceral acting and the rage against the concepts of middle class tradition, which fall away to reveal the real state of things.
"This family is kaput!" Oh my, it certainly is!
The Celebration is the first and best Dogme 95 film made. It surrounds a family, during the father's 60h birthday celebration, as Christian, the eldest, opens the door to secrets that have been hiding in the closet for far too long.
As it is Dogme, it would be useless to comment on the technical achievements of this film, as it completely misses the point. But, I will say that the cinematography is surprisingly good at times, knowing it was all hand-held.
This film is about it's characters and screenplay. It is the performances that bring these fleshed out characters even more into a grounded reality that, at times, seems to be…
Given the Dogma 95 constraints, Vinterburg's The Celebration realistically narrates a domestic drama in home-movie fashion.
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