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Celebration, The (Festen) (1998)
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Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, Birthe Neumann, Trine Dyrholm, Helle Dolleris, Bjarne Henriksen, Gbatokai Dakinah, Therese Glahn, Klaus Bondam, Lasse Lunderskov, Lars Brygmann
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Category: Drama, Foreign
Studio: Polygram Entertainment
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Length:
105 mins

 
 

 

Vinterberg's contribution to the Dogma 95 collective is an electrifying achievement, driven by powerhouse acting and hand-held digital camera work so realistic that one might forget they're watching a feature film. Friends and family gather to pay tribute to Helge on his sixtieth birthday, and when it's time for the eldest son, Michael, to give the opening toast, the fireworks begin. At times hysterical, at times tragic and heartbreaking, this is a film that has the ability to single-handedly reaffirm one's faith in cinema. Inspiring and brilliant.

 
 
   
   

 
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