Festen (1998)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 31

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AKA: The Celebration
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen (Christian), Henning Moritzen (Father), Birthe Neumann (Mother), Paprika Steen (Helene), Thomas Bo Larsen (Michael), Bjarne Henriksen (Chef), Trine Dyrholm (Waitress)
Country: Denmark, Scandinavian Cinema, European Cinema
Language: Danish (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:40:48
Genres: Old-Young Relationships, Siblings-Family, Incest, Domestic Abuse

Plot – Spoilers:
The wealthy, respected and powerful head of a family is celebrating his 60th birthday. The festivities are at his sprawling hotel in the countryside and invitees include family-friends and relatives and his two sons and daughter. The eldest son Christian has a restaurant in Paris while his sister Helene is a singer with a dubious career. The youngest Michael has degenerated into trash in his father’s eyes – and his sole claim to fame is that he’s the only one with kids.

A pall of gloom is discernible owing to the suicide of Christian’s twin sister who recently killed herself in the hotel. But everyone seems eager to brush it aside and engage in a weekend of revelry. Christian however has something he needs to talk about and uses the occasion of a toast to shock everyone.

Festen is a beautiful take on family secrets, and how family and friends would often prefer to hush things up, if the other available option is dealing with extreme discomfort.

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David
David
November 23, 2019 5:58 pm

This site just gets better and better. This is an awesome movie..

David
David
November 23, 2019 6:14 pm

I’ve seen this movie a few times, absolute classic. It was the first Dogme 95 film (its full title in Denmark is Dogme #1 – Festen). Dogme films are governed by a manifesto that insists on specific rules, which are 1. Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found). 2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the… Read more »

philipmodest
philipmodest
March 21, 2020 6:55 pm

I saw this film in a German cinema just after its release. At the time, the use of a hand-held, video-type camera was entirely new and it created an unprecedented feeling of intimacy. Indeed, I remember feeling embarrassed when Christian started his speech as if I were taking part in the proceedings and I had just realized what was about to happen. I feel a lot of what makes the film so powerful was actually due to the decisions made off-camera. For example, it would have been easy to have afforded Christian’s character more authority and a sense of triumphalism,… Read more »

Captain Jack
Captain Jack
April 1, 2020 10:26 am

Trine is so fucking hot. I dream fucking her pink asshole all day long.

Seventh Devil
Seventh Devil
Reply to  Captain Jack
November 8, 2020 6:44 am

Best comment on this site this far XD

gorewhore
gorewhore
Reply to  Captain Jack
November 24, 2020 9:07 am

men should be put down

bigdyke
bigdyke
Reply to  gorewhore
February 9, 2021 8:10 am

agree

Chad goth
Chad goth
Reply to  Captain Jack
January 10, 2021 12:10 am

Get a life you fucking loser

duh
duh
November 26, 2020 12:09 am

possibly the greatest film i’ve ever seen. bleak, grim, beautiful.

David John
David John
December 9, 2020 6:03 am

I have been watching a number of movies on this site over the past 6 months or so. None has been as compelling and poignant as Festen. I could actually feel the emotion of the characters. A wonderful viewing experience.

man from dk
man from dk
February 9, 2021 9:56 pm

well thats denmark for ya …

whirlwind of disgust
whirlwind of disgust
March 25, 2021 11:01 pm

gross, over the top!
the old man said when asked why he do it:
that’s all you were good for!

Kahn V
Kahn V
May 31, 2021 6:29 am

Fucking racist movie totally shit movie that fucking racist song really gave me a break shit movie

Kahn VI
Kahn VI
October 4, 2021 6:42 pm

Fucking awesome movie totally delicious movie that fucking awesome song really gave me a break beautiful movie

Alice
Alice
November 25, 2021 11:25 am

I’m grateful for this site. Thank you for always uploading thought-provoking films no matter how dark, misunderstood and bizarre. Love y’all, stay alive !

Childfree bourgeoisi
Childfree bourgeoisi
December 2, 2021 6:47 pm

That loser Christian is pathetic af having kids is no accomplishment nor an ambition it’s a biological function the majority of are capable of lmao it’s nowhere near being becoming a doctor or an engineer or owning a successful business cause that actually takes intelligence and hard work

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