2. Festen (1998)

Date First Watched: 17/10/2006
Date Last Watched: 17/08/2011
# Viewings: 4

Although I feel the Dogme style both enhances and hinders – the shaky cam and ‘home movie’ look keep it down to Earth and real, but sometimes the poor quality can be frustrating – overall it’s an immensely effective film. The build-up to the climax is so awkward, uncomfortable and unsure that it’s impossible to not be blown away by the latter half of the film. Acting is top-notch from every single cast member, and no character feels shallow or stereotypical; they all feel like real people.

If you’re not brought to tears during this, you have no soul:


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