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COMMUNE,THE

Review

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg

Genre:

Drama

Country:

DENMARK, SWEDEN, METHERLANDS

Rated:

18A

Year:

2016

Language:

Danish

Runtime:

111 Minutes

Description:

The setting is an emotionally fraught commune in 1970s Copenhagen.  Anna, a local television newsreader, is married to rumpled and sexy university lecturer Erik.  They have a shy and intelligent 14-year-old daughter, Freja. When Erik inherits his late father’s gigantic family home, Anna suggests they invite various friends and professional acquaintances to move in with them, and so stave off middle-aged, middle-class ennui with a daring experiment in collective living and a stimulating atmosphere of group creativity. But having set off down this bold new route of caring and sharing, Anna is unsure how to react when there is a crisis in her own relationship. Is she allowed ownership of her feelings – and indeed her husband – or not?

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