Kollektivet [The Commune] (2016)

Kollektivet
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
Cast: Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Ulrich ThomsenTrine Dyrholm, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Fares Fares, Julie Agnete Vang, Lars Ranthe, Mads ReutherMagnus MillangAnne Gry Henningsen
Seen on: 26.5.2016
[Here’s my review of the play version.]

Plot:
Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) just inherited the family house and he and his wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm) and their daughter Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen) are about to move in. But they don’t want to move in alone. Instead they want to build a commune. So they find Ole (Lars Ranthe), the couple Steffen (Magnus Millang) and Ditte (Anne Gry Henningsen), Mona (Julie Agnete Vang) and Allon (Fares Fares) to move in with them. And this works rather well until Erik meets Emma (Helene Reingaard Neumann) after a few years and falls in love with her.

Kollektivet is a well-acted ensemble piece with great characters, but I do think that I was a little more taken with the stage version than with the film.

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Die Kommune (The Commune)

Die Kommune [German]
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
Cast: Regina Fritsch, Dorothee Hartinger, Alexandra Henkel [German], Elisa Plüss, Adina Vetter, Dietmar König, Fabian Krüger, Joachim Meyerhoff [German], Tilo Nest

Plot:
Erik (Joachim Meyerhoff) just inherited the family house and he and his wife Anna (Regina Fritsch) and their daughter Freja (Elisa Plüss) are about to move in. But they don’t want to move in alone. Instead they want to build a commune. So they find Ole (Tilo Nest), the couple Steffen (Dietmar König) and Ditte (Alexandra Henkel), Mona (Dorothee Hartinger) and Virgil (Fabian Krüger) to move in with them. And this works rather well until Erik meets Emma (Adina Vetter) after a few years and falls in love with her.

I very much enjoyed this play despite a few weaknesses that it has. I liked the stage design, the cast was really good and even though the story doesn’t exactly cover new ground it is still very engaging.

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