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      The Celebration

      R Released May 2, 1998 1 hr. 45 min. Comedy Drama List
      91% 47 Reviews Tomatometer 94% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score A dark secret mars a Dane's (Henning Moritzen) 60th birthday celebration, attended by his family (Ulrich Thomsen, Thomas Bo Larsen) and friends. Read More Read Less
      The Celebration

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      As sharp and ruthless as the family dynamic that powers its plot, The Celebration blends tragedy and comedy to brilliant effect.

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      Sam F Even if sick from the hand-held camera, this was an amazing, must see display of truth in the face. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review TrueBlueReview I An emotional roller coaster, authentic to its core, and deeply effecting. I have seen few movies like it. Vacillating between dark comedy and utter melancholy, the strands of trauma run taut throughout this claustrophobic piece of bold filmmaking as it unfolds in real time. Each character has a purpose, each scene keeps you engaged. Ulrich Thomsen is phenomenal. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/07/23 Full Review renaldo d The best film of the dogme 95 movement, fantastic script, editing and accelerated camera capture so that the events are realistic, in addition, fantastic performances and direction Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I've seen this movie a few times over the years and I can't come up with one bad thing to say about it. It's a masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The sharp screenplay, though written by the filmmaker to comply with Dogme's 10 rules and its staunch edict to forsake "artistry" and "refrain from personal taste," is a profoundly personal explosion of what isn't talked about. It was a blast felt around the world, resonating in the form of accolades, awards, and an Oscar-winning film career for Vinterberg. And The Celebration -- and by extension, Vinterberg and his excellent crew and bold cast (including Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, and Gbatokai Dakinah) earns every bit of the massive acclaim it reaped. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review William L "It is quite a job being toastmaster tonight." Well that's an understatement. Most of the Dogme 95 'classics' (i.e., von Trier takes) do relatively little for me, they mostly seem to add a unique stylistic flair without justification, different for the sake of being different. But Festen is different; the shaky-cam and intimate angles play into the domestic instability, and actually impart an energy that helps place the audience at the table, stewing in the atmosphere of uncomfortable tension. And this Thomas Vinterberg film is one that relishes tension, playing off of the tightrope walk between social graces and honesty. The family is taken aback by explicit and unexpected accusations, and their first response is to ostracize the accuser despite the emotional authenticity of his pleas; the air in the room is quickly replaced by a shared, uneasy denial, almost surreal in nature. It takes several additional outbursts, including the testimony of an unquestionable source (from a candid suicide note) to ultimately force the truth onto the family, and even then breakfast returns to a cheery balance the following morning, with the notable exclusion of one now-reviled family member. Equal parts caustic, bleakly comic, and dramatically powerful, Festen is stripped-down but hard-hitting, a testament to the strength of a new aesthetic movement when paired with a narrative that actually complements it. (4.5/5) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/08/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Caroline Rees Empire Magazine There's no denying that some of the Dogme strictures inject urgency and surprise into what could have been a tediously static affair. Rated: 3/5 Sep 22, 2020 Full Review Paul Tatara I'll be thinking about this movie for a long time to come. Sep 22, 2020 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly A funny, volatile, visually dynamic story about the unraveling of one extended family during the course of a patriarchal 60th-birthday dinner. Rated: A- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film Vinterberg is able to work with the shocking claim and the farce of familial gatherings and personal faults in one of the more refreshing movies of the time. Feb 22, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The Celebration transcends the movement, even while its narrative exists in symbolic, dramatic harmony with Dogme 95's attitude toward cinematic conventions. Rated: 4/4 Feb 12, 2022 Full Review Jeremy Aspinall Radio Times This is family drama at its most coruscating. Rated: 4/5 Sep 22, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A dark secret mars a Dane's (Henning Moritzen) 60th birthday celebration, attended by his family (Ulrich Thomsen, Thomas Bo Larsen) and friends.
      Thomas Vinterberg
      Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
      October Films
      Production Co
      SVT Drama, Nimbus Film, Nordisk Film & TV-Fond, Danmarks Radio
      R (References to Sexual Abuse|Language|Strong Sexual Content)
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 2, 1998, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
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      Aspect Ratio
      Academy (1.33:1)