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Kollektivet (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

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Thomas Vinterberg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fares Fares ... Allon
Ulrich Thomsen ... Erik
Trine Dyrholm ... Anna
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Ole
Julie Agnete Vang ... Mona
Helene Reingaard Neumann Helene Reingaard Neumann ... Emma
Magnus Millang ... Steffen
Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen ... Freja
Lise Koefoed Lise Koefoed ... Make-up artist
Mads Reuther ... Jesper
Ole Dupont ... Elegant Gentleman
Adam Fischer ... Architect Student
Jacob Højlev Jørgensen Jacob Højlev Jørgensen ... The lawyer
Jytte Kvinesdal Jytte Kvinesdal ... Kirsten, DR employee
Anne Gry Henningsen Anne Gry Henningsen ... Ditte
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Storyline

Erik, a lecturer in architecture, inherits his father's large old house in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. His wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, suggests that they invite their friends to come and live with them. In this way she hopes to evade the boredom that has begun to seep into their marriage. Before long, a dozen women, men and children move into the country house, make collective decisions, engage in discussions and go swimming together in the nearby Øresund strait. They also rub each other up the wrong way on account of their smaller and larger idiosyncrasies. Their fragile equilibrium threatens to come undone when Erik falls in love with his student Emma and the young woman moves into the house. Fourteen-year-old Freja, daughter of Erik and Anna, aloofly observes these goings-on and seeks her own way. Written by AnonymusB

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You Choose Your Family

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Netherlands

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Komuna See more »

Filming Locations:

Hellerup, Sjælland, Denmark

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,249, 19 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,265, 23 June 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Thomas Vinterberg wrote the part of Emma specifically for Helene Reingaard Neumann, his wife in real life. Emma is a mirror version of Anna (played by Trine Dyrholm. Vinterberg and Neumann began a relationship on the set of When a Man Comes Home (2007), when Vinterberg was married to Maria Walbom. Vinterberg told in interview with The Globe and Mail in May 2017 that he had to be fair to the women of this film, he had to be sharing with them and deliver the ugly sides of being a man. See more »

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The signs on the bus stops were not introduced until the late 80's or 90's. See more »

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Erik: I'm going to hold on to you for the rest of my life.
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (as B. Taupin)
Performed by Elton John
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The pivot of the story is a mediocre individual.
21 July 2016 | by roland-scialomSee all my reviews

The story is not a good study of characters. All of them are almost caricatures. When the existential problem between Erik and Ana arises, both behaves in a way too much elementary, taking in account the gravity of the situation which is going on. More precisely (1) Erik is absolutely incapable to realise that he is ruining the emotional life and the self respect of the woman with whom he has been married and living in a pleasant way during at least fifteen years. A woman who proved to be generous when she accepted that Emma could live with the community, and who had probably fantasies of living a ménage à trois, along with Erik and Emma, thing that I think reasonable and human, considering what was going on. Erik sticks with Emma as if he hadn't any responsibility with regard to Anna feelings. (2) Anna is incapable to react in time to rescue her dignity which is being hurt by the irresponsible behaviour of Erik. The rest of the characters manifest themselves very poorly with respect to the crisis between Erik an Anna. Except the young Freja, daughter of Erik and Anna which is the only one capable to say that her mother must leave the community and seek for a new life. In short, Erik who is almost a pivot of the whole story, behaves - in the light of existentialist philosophy - as an individual with bad faith. I would add also, on my part, that he is a kind of mediocre individual.


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