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Anna (Trine Dyrholm, who won Best Actress at this year's Berlinale for her performance) is a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), teaches architecture at a university, but the grim reality of mentoring people whose career prospects are brighter than his own has left him disgruntled and bored. When Erik's father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it's too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna - who has become frustrated with Erik's dour outlook and longs for something new - suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time). Energized by the era's relaxed taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, rather motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their adventure, but soon take very different paths. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. When Anna tries to reconcile these two situations, the commune - and the marriage at its core - begins to unravel.

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Based on 12 The Commune reviews, The Commune gets an average review score of 63.
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ew.comVOD
The curdling dream of free love and Me-Decade idealism is rich material for lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s latest: an intimate, bittersweet study of communal living ...
29d ago
C+/A+
www.avclub.comCinema
The Commune is just a midlife crisis with more characters.
29d ago
70/100
www.wsj.comVOD
After a husband and wife start a commune in Copenhagen, they discover the joys and perils of group living.
29d ago
C+/A+
thefilmstage.comVOD
Vinterberg tries to endow his narrative with a feminist sensibility, but, considering how thinly he’s sketched both Emma and Freja — and the emotional abuse he’s put all these w...
29d ago
2.5/4
www.slantmagazine.comVOD
The Thomas Vinterberg film’s sentimentality is suspect, laced with an intriguing but vague strain of bitterness.
29d ago
60/100
www.nytimes.comCinema
Tobias Lindholm’s screenplay sacrifices credibility for quirkiness.
29d ago
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