Moira and I went along to the Watershed this afternoon - together with Gareth, Alan, Eilidh and Ed - to see Thomas Vinterberg’s film “The Commune”.
Set in mid-1970s Copenhagen, a professional couple with a
teenage daughter, inherit a large house. The husband, Erik (played by Ulrich
Thomsen) wants to sell it and enjoy the money, while the wife, Anna (excellently played
by Trine Dyrholm) thinks that it would be great fun to share the house with
friends (and friends of friends). As the film title suggests, they decide to
follow the commune option!
The commune’s members of idealists and dreamers duly
begin to negotiate their new joint life, but (as the Watershed’s programme
blurb makes it abundantly clear - *spoiler alert*) their lives are devastated
by an “earth-shattering love affair”… but I won’t spoil things by outlining any
Strangely, and somewhat eerily, Erik played an
architectural university lecturer and looked remarkably like one of my own
architectural lecturers (for whom I later worked in 1976-78), whose character
traits might even have had some similarities with those of Erik!
An interesting, but somewhat predictable, film about
mid-life crisis (but which revealed virtually nothing of the lives of the most
of the commune’s members).
disappointing, I’m afraid.
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