THE CELEBRATION (1998)

A film by  Thomas Vinterberg

Cast:  Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen 

Patriarch Helge Klingenfelt has a big party ready for his 60th birthday. Among the guests, Christian, the eldest son, is instructed by Helge to say a few words over dinner about his twin sister Linda, who died a year earlier. No one doubts that Christian will take advantage of this little speech to reveal terrible secrets …

A dogme-film is the sweep of the hand-held video camera was to endure no lighting except natural lighting, no sound intrusions except the hum and thump of natural sound. The actors wear their own clothes, and the only props they may use are “natural” to the set. Finally, the director may not even credit his own name to the picture – as if the paw prints of a presiding genius would further sully the purity of the film. And that is what Vinterberg has done on his first film. Famously known as the first movie of the Dogme 95 movement.

The film opens with a family in turmoil. The drunk and furious Michael The film opens with a family in turmoil, who blames his wife for everything. He even stop driving when he saw his brother on the road walking and told his wife and kids to get out and walk the rest of the way. At the birthday banquet, Christian raps his spoon against a glass and start to toast his father for being alive for 60 years and a shocking secret is revealed. The insults, the alcohol flowing into their veins and the drunken chef who says “I have been waiting for this for a long time”, and the party is going to go out of hand. The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at deploying their emotions. And may the insults, the alcohol and the drunken chef who says “I have been waiting for this for a long time”, and the party is going to go out of hand. The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at showing their emotions and the film is a bit like a farce at times. Funny part is the end or is it? The Dogme 95 film type died out later in the years to come because I thinks for some films it does not work out well. I so love this cult film. I saw it on the big screen not long ago again.

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