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Ronja Mannov Olesen,
Helene Reingaard Neumann
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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
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 »
The signs on the bus stops were not introduced until the late 80's or 90's. See more »
450 square meters is too big. The difference between living together and not is that you can feel, see and hear each other.
Or perhaps living in a small place makes you small-minded
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Thomas Vinterberg is an outstanding film-maker, whose first movie fulfilled the terms of the Dogme95 ultra-minimalist manifesto. There's something of the Dogme vibe about 'The Commune' as well, although it may be just that I'm reminded of Lars van Trier's Dogme effort, 'The Idiots', which was also set in a commune of sorts. That was a deliberately provocative film: this is a much more understated kind of movie, an account of a collection of disparate individuals trying to set up home together. The film is set in the 1970s when such efforts were more common than they are now, and in some senses, it tells a familliar story of the loss of privacy, the breakdown of one-to-one relationships, and conflicts of interest. But it's a better film than the summary would suggest, notably because its characters are not obviously hippies, but also because they are all highly flawed but in supremely normal ways - their world and its inhabitants might be unfamilliar in some respects, but in others, it's just the same as ours. In spite of dealing with highly emotional subjects, I found 'The Commune' a little less intense than Vinterberg's finest works, but the detail with which he renders everyday life is compelling nonetheless.
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