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The Celebration [Import]

4.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, Birthe Neumann
  • Directors: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Writers: Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
  • Producers: Birgitte Hald, Morten Kaufmann
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: July 27 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00023P4N8
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The Celebration [Import]

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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Thomas Vinterberg's Celebration is without question one of the best of the Danish Dogme (spelled this way in Denmark, not Dogma) 95 films.
As the film opens, we see various people, in groups of two, three, and more, converge on a large house--walking, driving, and bicycling. They are gathering to celebrate the 60th birthday of the man who fathered four children--they who have now come to pay their respects with their wives, husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends. The man has made a tidy sum thanks to his unnamed business, and he and his wife live quite comfortably. Also invited are the older couple's friends, and by the time everyone has arrived, there is a full house indeed, all seated at the host's large dinner table.
Speeches are made, glasses are chinked together in toasts, food is eaten. The daughter has a black American boyfriend and it's a wicked foreshadowing that has him insulted by one of his girlfriend's brothers--an out and out racist remark.
This sets the stage for a shocking turn of events when one of the man's sons stands and proposes a toast to his father that leaves the guests completely stunned. A dark secret is revealed that is so out of place with the reason for the "celebration", nothing can ever be the same following the younger man's toast.
The drama here is powerful, intense, seething. One of the trademark strengths of Dogme 95 cinema, as many of us know by now, is its focus on story alone, without reliance on any special effects--CGI, lighting, or otherwise--and Vinterberg has here wisely chosen a story so strong that to "enhance" it with anything remotely resembling special effects would be doing it a major disservice--would be, in fact, blatantly stupid.
This is one of the best Danish films of the 20th century and should absolutely not be missed.
Very highly recommended.
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I saw this film by accident...sitting in my hotel room, reviewing the notes from the class I had just taken, I flipped thru channels on the TV to find the right background program...not too intrusive or distracting, so I could concentrate on my notes. On HBO, Festen had just started...forget the notes, I was immediately taken in for the remainder of the evening. I think I enjoyed this movie because I had no idea what it was about, the filming technique used, nor the language, which I guessed as the film progressed. Suffice it to say, if you enjoyed Ordinary People, then this is the film you MUST see. Don't read the reviews that give you the plot, because half the 'fun' of this film is being shocked as it unfolds. There were several moments when I gasped at what was said or happening. SEE THIS MOVIE!!
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Format: DVD
This film is one of the most powerful I have seen dealing with the topic of incest and sexual abuse.
I would recommend it to anyone who has been a childhood victim of sexual abuse/incest. It would be helpful as well to all healthcare professionals engaged in working with survivors of this horrific crime against children.
It especailly demonstrates the secrets and the dynamics that exist when a family must conceal not only to the outside world but even to the idividuals the Truth. The abject denial of the childhood events that have resulted in the suicide of one of the members is absolutely astounding.
The film certainly provides a shock to those watching who think that incest and childhood sexual abuse either occurs rarely or that the victims are making it up".
An excellent film.
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Great lighting. A movie as quick as lightening. Portrays more than just what I see, but does exactly the opposite, like the cinematography or cinematographer don't and doesn't get along with the plot and it's yours to see in every scene. The medusa like scene of the father's wife was horror like.
The brother is hilarious, the sister and main character are considerably raw actors and nuanced in action. The father's actor plays a famous billionare in Norway in another movie. I'll look it up later. A cathedral of great acting and things most unusual in Norwegian.
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Emotionally draining movie...I felt winded after watching the Celebration because the director grabs your attention and then runs you through an emotional tenderizer. He's clearly not afraid to tackle tough subjects.
It's refreshing to see such a well crafted, intelligently acted, and unflinching look at family dysfunction. (And you thought that "Ordinary People" was tough to watch!) The director does a good job of not glorifying the dysfunction - the movie is centered on the reactions and the relationship between father/son, between brothers, brother/sister, wife/husband, etc..., more than focused on the dysfunction itself.
The only negative thing about this movie was the lighting. I don't care what the "Dogma" group says, bad lighting is bad lighting. Because this movie was shot with a handheld and subsequently transferred to 35mm film, a lot of the lighting is so bad that the film appears very grainy - and not the cool, artsy, atmospheric graininess of "Eraserhead" but just grainy. Maybe he was going for the home-movie look, but hard on the eyes nonetheless.
Be warned, this is not the colorful, bad-sweater-wearing Cosby family with stern after-school-special toned messages about "say no to drugs/stay in school" family dysfunction... This is an intense, squirm-inducing, double-barrelled look at difficult family relationships.
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