Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Berlin Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Packs an Emotional Punch

After adeptly dipping his toe into the very English material of “Far From The Madding Crowd,” terrific Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to home soil for his new film. “The Commune” (“Kollektivet”) isn’t as dark as most of his output, from “Festen” to “The Hunt,” but despite its nostalgic comic surface it packs a characteristic emotional punch. It’s the mid-'70s. When an architect, Eric (Ulrich Thomsen), inherits his father’s enormous house in an upmarket suburb of Copenhagen, his first thought is to sell it. But Eric’s TV newsreader wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm) and teenage daughter Freja like the idea of actually living in it; more than that, Anna wants to fill it...

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