101 mins
8.6 / 10 (6922)


At a countryside manor a celebration is being organised for the revered family patriarch Helge’s 60th birthday. Everyone has been invited, and most importantly his wife and three grown-up children: Christian, Michael and Helene. Christian makes a speech nobody will ever forget.

MUBI's take

Arguably portraying one of cinema’s most messed-up families ever, Festen is considered the first film made under the rules of the radical Dogme 95 movement. Thomas Vinterberg’s madcap time-bomb of latent secrets and repressed grudges makes any family dinner seem like a piece of cake.

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