Friday, February 11, 2011

Two Line Reviews - #178

Movie: Festen (or) Celebration (1998,Danish)

Plot: On a huge family get-together, the eldest son of the father who celebrates his 60th birthday unravels the shocking misdemeanours his father had inflicted upon his children and how that had led to the suicide of one of his sisters.

  • The suspenseful plot which keeps the viewer guessing on who would be lying.
  • The camera technique adopted. Stands out as a film with handy-cam style shots and some interesting editing.
  • Appreciable for being the first film of the Dogme kind; The efficiencies of low cost filming are clearly seen.
Things fall flat when twists donot happen where some should have happened.

Promising plot & making-style squandered by a damp screenplay.

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