Kollektivet [The Commune] (2016)

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.]

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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Krigen [A War] (2015)

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Writer: Tobias Lindholm
Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim, Alex Høgh Andersen, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Jakob Frølund, Phillip Sem Dambæk
Seen on: 26.4.2016

Claus (Pilou Asbæk) is a company commander currently stationed in Afghanistan with his troup and his best friend and co-commander Najib (Dar Salim). Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is home in Denmark with their two children and all are anxiously waiting for his return. After one of Claus’ men dies due to a landmine, Claus decides to take a more active part in the patrols his company is responsible for. During one of those patrols, the company is attacked and Claus gives the orders he feels are necessary in this situation. But shortly afterwards he finds himself in front of a war court who doubt him and his decisions.

Krigen pulls off a very difficult balance: focusing entirely on the soldiers, it manages to capture both the high pressure and the comradery they experience while not letting them of the hook for decisions they make. There’s a fine line between glorification and damnation when it comes to the military – and Krigen walks it well, providing much fodder for thought.

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Jagten [The Hunt] (2012)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm, Susse Wold, Anne Louise Hassing, Lars Ranthe, Alexandra Rapaport
Part of: Viennale


Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) was recently divorced and lost his job. He is just getting his life back together, working in a kindergarden and trying to find a way to communicate with his ex for the sake of their son Marcus (Lasse Fogelstrøm). He has the support of his best friend Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen) and also finds some solace in the special friendship he shares with Theo’s daughter Klara (Annika Wedderkopp). But then another kindergarden teacher believes that Klara is accusing Lucas of abuse and that brings everything crashing down.

Jagten was a bit of a tour de force. It was amazingly fantastic but I can’t remember the last time I was so fucking tense during a movie. I can only bow down to Thomas Vinterberg and Mads Mikkelsen and then go cry in a corner.

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