Film fix: Festen

Film fix: Festen

Festen directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Best for: Realising your family life might not be quite as bad as it seems

‘Festen’ (Danish for ‘the celebration’) is set during a family reunion to celebrate the birthday of the patriarch of a wealthy Danish family in the hotel they own. And what starts as a family drama suddenly turns down a very dark alley when a startling revelation is announced by estranged son Christian. The film was directed by Thomas Vinterberg as part of the Dogme movement that Lars von Trier co-founded, and it’s easily the best Dogme film I’ve seen.

Tim Knowles

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