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The Commune (2009)

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When Jenny Cross has to spend summer vacation with her deadbeat dad in his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death.








Cast overview, first billed only:
Chauntal Lewis ... Jenny Cross
... Puck Cernunnos (as David Lago)
Stuart G. Bennett ... Dr. Clark Polieos
Elisabeth Fies ... Cassie Cross
... Rhea
... Esmeralda
Winter ... Loki
... Cassie's Lover
Miles Gregory ... Miles
Heidi Hornbacher ... Alice
Sophie Yoakum ... Pomegranate
Leslie Lello ... Nurse Brenda
Hero Fies ... Hero
Lena Robinson ... Tiamat
Josie Fite ... Jenny Cross - age 6


When Jenny Cross (Chauntal Lewis) has to spend summer vacation with deadbeat dad (Stuart G. Bennett) on his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death...Provocateur filmmaker Elisabeth Fies masterfully mixes psychological thriller, horror, satire, and coming of age movies to create a fresh, surprising mystery that winks at 1970s masterpieces. Written by The Commune

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Puck and Jenny's sex scene and break up scene dialogue were from the writer/director/producer Elisabeth Fies' love life. See more »


When Jenny is found by Loki to be brought to the art therapy room she asks for time to change her clothes, but he says no. In the next scene, she is in the art therapy room in a different outfit. See more »


Rhea: For a shaman, you sure are a dickhead.
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References The Howling (1981) See more »


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The Wicker Man Meets Rosemary's Baby
30 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Commune is a film with a vast array of themes: sexual discovery, what it means to be a woman and, subsequently, come of age. But the film also deals with the loss of innocence and how those in power, namely your parental figures, can abuse it for their own self-serving needs. Overall, the film delivers in a way that recalls the slow burn of films like The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby. And along with it, comes a stellar building of tension and atmosphere.

Our story starts with a young girl named Jennifer. Fresh out of school for the summer break, she's forced to spend time with her fairly non-existent father. You see, her parents divorced when she was little and her dad left and started a new age-y type of commune with a group of followers.

From the time she first arrives, an eerie sense of foreboding permeates. As the film evolves and the creepy on screen antics of the characters escalate, Jennifer discovers that her father has been hiding a lot more than she thought. This coupled with a scene in which the father subtly makes a pass, your are led to believe that he has less than favorable intentions for his daughter. After a few childhood flashbacks and a revelation that the daughter is not as pure as originally thought, we are brought to a shocking and brutal climax to our film.

The Commune is a fine first effort from filmmaker Elisabeth Fies. The film truly lives up to its tag line: 'Every Girl's Worst Fear.'

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