The Celebration (Festen)
The Celebration (Festen) (1998)

It's summertime in Denmark, and at the Great House a celebration is about to begin: Helge Klingenfeldt, patriarch and lord of the manor, is turning sixty. Invitations have been issued, the seating plan drawn up, and now the guests'… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

The Celebration is founded on a cheeky display of cinephilic self-promotion.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Extraordinary...It is a celebration, not of a sham birthday party, but of the transformative power of truth.

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Michael Dequina

It's a fine line to walk, that between comedy and misery, but Vinterberg handles the balancing act magnificently.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

gripping and devastatingly powerful

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

A major triumph for the Dogme group, and a success from any point of view.

Dustin Putman

Watching the picture, it felt more like a cerebral experience, than a normal film.

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Best of the 'Dogme' fims, which isn't saying much, but there you go.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Pungent family drama, but thuddingly self-serious and wildly overpraised.

David N. Butterworth

The Celebration is among one of the finest films ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This was the first film in the Dogme 95 film movement, which relied on a lack of technology in order to create films without special effects, and returned… More
Sophie Burgess
A great story which was confusing at times. I'm not sure about some of what happened as it was in a different language and it's hard to read the scene… More
Carlos Magalhães
The first film of the Dogme 95 movement is this riveting - and remarkably well put together - amalgam of hilarious farce and devastating family drama, where the… More
Arash Xak
The first Dogme 95 film and by far the best one that I've seen so far
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
Simple, stripped-down film by Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg, made under the Dogme 95 manifesto which, among other things, promotes shooting with a handheld… More
Sarah Gaish
This is my first Dogme 95 film that I've seen. To eb honest I hadn't heard an awful lot about the movement before the conversation in my film class. I… More