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The Commune (2016)

Kollektivet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Trine Dyrholm ... Anna
Fares Fares ... Allon
Ulrich Thomsen ... Erik
Magnus Millang ... Steffen
Mads Reuther ... Jesper
Julie Agnete Vang ... Mona
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Ole
Ole Dupont ... Elegant Gentleman
Helene Reingaard Neumann Helene Reingaard Neumann ... Emma
Lise Koefoed Lise Koefoed ... Make-up artist
Adam Fischer Adam Fischer ... Architect Student
Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen ... Freja
Morten Rose Morten Rose ... Editorial employee
Anne Gry Henningsen ... Ditte
Ulver Skuli Abildgaard Ulver Skuli Abildgaard ... Preben
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Storyline

Erik, a lecturer in architecture, inherits his father's large old house in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. His wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, suggests that they invite their friends to come and live with them. In this way she hopes to evade the boredom that has begun to seep into their marriage. Before long, a dozen women, men and children move into the country house, make collective decisions, engage in discussions and go swimming together in the nearby Øresund strait. They also rub each other up the wrong way on account of their smaller and larger idiosyncrasies. Their fragile equilibrium threatens to come undone when Erik falls in love with his student Emma and the young woman moves into the house. Fourteen-year-old Freja, daughter of Erik and Anna, aloofly observes these goings-on and seeks her own way. Written by AnonymusB

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Taglines:

You Choose Your Family

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Netherlands

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commune See more »

Filming Locations:

Hellerup, Sjælland, Denmark

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,249, 21 May 2017

Gross USA:

$38,737

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,410,339
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Thomas Vinterberg's play of the same name, which is inspired by his colourful childhood in an academic commune north of Copenhagen. See more »

Goofs

The signs on the bus stops were not introduced until the late 80's or 90's. See more »

Quotes

Erik: I'm going to hold on to you for the rest of my life.
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Veronica
By Cornelis Vreeswijk
Performed by Cornelis Vreeswijk
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Extreme situation of coexistence

Thomas Vinterberg performs an experiment / study of the human personality by gathering a gallery of characters (with whom it is difficult to identify yourself personally) and placing them in an extreme situation of coexistence. The supposed pragmatism or cold- blooded of Nordic people to face problems, here blows up. The ability of the director makes the viewer to take part inadvertently in the plot of the film as one more character of his work. Anna, TV presenter. and Erik professor of architecture form together with his teenage daughter an apparently happy family with no more complications than "the problem" of managing the use of a big inherited house. So great the house that they decide to share the use. The new experience begins with great joy but ends up in a dramatic way by crushing the promoter of the idea of sharing the house. It is interesting to observe the behavior of the teenage daughter through the story and also trying to understand how difficult it can be for a teacher accustomed himself to dominate students and situations from a position of strength to have to give up the domain of his house and almost his way of life for the general interest of a group composed by people whose specific weight is equal to nothing; the parasite that barely contribute, the "bums" that do not compromise themselves in anything, a liberal couple contributing to the experiment with a sick child who possibly might have been better brought up in the privacy of a normal home, etc. In summary, this film is full of teachings and is a great exercise in the expression of different behaviors, through the coexistence of a group of people with whom (out of the movie) it would be difficult to establish a friendship and still less to share your life. Finally highlight the great interpretation of the wife versus the weak of Erik's lover. talking of actresses terms, of course. The plot is set in 1970 but this fact is totally irrelevant.


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