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: June 19, 1998
DVD 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a Dogma-95 styled film, where the Danish filmmaker's group manifesto determines the rules for how the film is to be made.

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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.

Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

showcases excellent acting, a great screenplay, and new innovative cinematography that is exciting and exhausting at the same time

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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.

Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Draws the viewer in with its immediacy, emotional rawness, and elements of surprise, shock and suspense.

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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
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
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
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