The Celebration

The Celebration ★★★★½

How can a movie that feels like a swift kick in the nuts still be... enjoyable? Probably due to the masterful touches provided by an incredible cast, a solid script, and some deceptively complex editing.

Dogme 95 has been talked to death at this point so I'll pass on that discussion, except to say that the rawness of this film gives it a nervous, jangly energy that never lets up, and is entirely perfect for the story the film tells. Also, the lack of "professional" embellishments leads the director to create a disorienting dream sequence (or maybe a near-death experience) near the end of the film that is so beautiful in its simplicity, and in the way that it gets tangled up with reality, that it took my breath away.