Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingard Neuman, Lars Ranthe, Fares Fares
Language: Danish with English subtitles
Country of origin: Denmark 2015 111 mins.
Winner Best Actress Silver Bear 2016 Berlin Film Festival Trine Dyrholm
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
Copenhagen University lecturer, Eric (Ulrich Thomsen) in the heady days of the 1970s inherits a large family house and his wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm) suggests setting up a commune to add a bit of spark to her life. Eric's initial reluctance is soon overcome and with their 14-year-old daughter Freja (Martha Sophie Wallstrom Hansen) on board, it's gather friends for a caring, sharing, happy together fun life. Cash strapped Allon (Fares Fares) cries a lot, Ole (Lars Rantle) likes a drink, Ditte (Anne Gry Henningsen) lays down the rules, Steffan (Nagnus Millang) goes along with Ditte and Mona's (Julie Aguete Vang) very easy going and there's a child with a heart problem. When Eric begins an affair with university student Emma (Helene Reingaard Neumann), sexual tensions arise and the real test begins.
Trine Dyrholm is superb as Anna, overwhelmed by events and won Best Actress at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, but beyond the central characters, there's little insight into anyone else or reference to the political or social unrest at the time - the Vietnam conflict and incursions into Cambodia were headline press. Witty and engaging but 'The Commune' remains low key and lacks the bite and strength of Vinterberg's 'The Celebration' (1998) which won the Jury Prize at Cannes or 'The Hunt' (2012).