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Festen (The Celebration)

Posted by martinteller on February 11, 2005

Compelling family drama in the Dogme 95 style.  This is the first Dogme film apparently, and the style does suit the material well.  The handheld documentary feel plops you in the middle of the awkward and uncomfortable situation.  Some bits are a little overdone (the “Sambo” song, for instance, was unnecessary and less than genuine) but overall I thought it was pretty good.  These Danes seem to have a strong sense of justice that I find appealing.  Rating: 7


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