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The Celebration (Festen) (1998)

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Starring (View all)
Ulrich Thomsen Ulrich Thomsen
Christian
Henning Moritzen Henning Moritzen
Faderen - Helge
Paprika Steen Paprika Steen
Helene
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann
Moderen - Else
Therese Glahn Therese Glahn
Michelle


Written by
Thomas Vinterberg Thomas Vinterberg
(screenplay)
Mogens Rukov Mogens Rukov
(screenplay)


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One of the best ever

6 years, 3 months ago at Sep 7 7:50
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I remember it so well, I actually saw this movie when it was released in the movie theater and I was just blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, in my opinion, the first movie following the Dogme rules was just great. Basically, there were no special effects, no big stars just a simple and pure movie, at least, that’s my opinion. To be honest, when I first watched it, I was about 18 years old a... read more

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4 years, 9 months ago at Mar 8 20:58
2 votes
The thing about being a regular movie watcher is that you reach a stage where very few movies compel you to think about them in bed before going to sleep. This is one of those movies.
Festen is a story of a Helge and his household. It is his 60th birthday and every member of the family is arriving at his house for a party. I won't say what happened then because I don't want to ruin this movi... read more

Es ardua

8 years, 8 months ago at Mar 19 11:15
1 vote
Hay que atravesar los momentos de un cine que no es lo habitual en los circuitos comerciales. Sin embargo, la película va atrapándote en las relaciones de una familia normalmente destruida (como todas, bah). Muy recomendable.
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A man celebrates his sixtieth birthday with friends, relatives, his wife and children. This is a film about love, hate, the icy charm of the bourgeoisie and the loving arms of the chambermaid.
Release date: 19 June 1998
UPC: 696306015925
Tags: Denmark (12), Drama (9), 1990s (9), 1998 (8), Dogme (7), Danish (6), Racism (6), Dogme 95 (5), Incest (5), Dysfunctional Family (4), Toast (4), Birthday (4), Sweden (3), Sexual Abuse (3), Suicide (3), Rape (3), Father Son Relationship (2), (2), Family (2), Dogma (2)
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