Official Selection Of The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival
Written And Directed by BAFTA Nominee Thomas Vinterberg (Jagten),
The Look At The Highs and Lows Of Communal Living Arrives On Digital HD On August 22 From Magnolia Home Entertainment
“**** Emotionally Rewarding” -Time Out
“Infectious. Vinterberg Captures Family Dysfunction Like No Other” -Film Comment
The new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration,” Oscar® Nominated “The Hunt”) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. Trine Dyrholm (“A Royal Affair”) won a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival for her role as Anna, a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen – The Blacklist), teaches architecture at a university, but the grim reality of mentoring people whose career prospects are brighter than his own has left him disgruntled and bored. When Erik’s father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it’s too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna — who has become frustrated with Erik’s dour outlook and longs for something new — suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time). Energized by the era’s relaxed taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, rather motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their adventure, but soon take very different paths. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. When Anna tries to reconcile these two situations, the commune — and the marriage at its core — begins to unravel. Driven by brilliant lead performances from Vinterberg’s “Celebration” stars Thomsen and Dyrholm and supporting turns from Lars Ranthe (“A Funny Man) and Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”, THE COMMUNE is a sharply observed study of how new values can quickly come into conflict with old habits and affiliations.
Street Date: August 22, 2017
Run Time: 111 min.