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THE COMMUNE

Director: THOMAS VINTERBERG

111 mins, Denmark, 2016, Digital, Subtitled


This film was released 29th July 2016, and is no longer screening.

Copenhagen in the ‘70s; TV newsreader Anna (Trine Dyrholm) is married to university lecturer Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), who has just inherited his late father’s gigantic house.

In an attempt to inject some excitement into their lives and stave off middle- class ennui, they invite their friends to move in with them to experiment with collective living and group creativity, but Anna is unsure how to react when Erik begins to interpret their new philosophy of sharing to his own philandering ends. Vinterberg has reunited with Tobias Lindholm, his co-writer on Submarino (2010) and the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), for this adaptation of his stage play Kollektivet which drew from first-hand experiences of being raised in a middle-class commune in the late ‘70s. Featuring a large ensemble cast with multiple narrative strands, The Commune is at its core a poignant love-triangle. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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