My first film of the day in the Florida Film Festival was “The Commune”, a semi-autobiographical film from “The Hunt” director Thomas Vinterberg. I liked his previous film, which attracted me to this one, and I also found myself intrigued by the humor of the trailer.
The story of the film is definitely interesting. Although it is at its heart a somewhat average dysfunctional family dramedy, it is told through a rather unique lens, making it feel more fresh. You can also see the writer-director's connection to the story, showing through its naturality. I found the humor to be quite funny, too. That being said, the writing isn't without its share of issues. As a whole, the narrative of the film is pretty jumpy. The conflict often verges on melodrama. Being an ensemble film, few of the characters are fully developed. It is almost as if the film couldn't decide which character was going to be the protagonist until halfway through the film. With this, some of the characters' decisions aren't totally explained.
The visual style of the film is really good. The costuming and production design do a good job of periodizing the film. The cinematography and color scheme do a good job of establishing the tone. The music choice is very good, too, accenting the tone well. I also thought that the acting was good all around.
Overall, "The Commune" is an enjoyable dysfunctional "family" dramedy with good visual style, but the writing was a bit underdeveloped. It comes out on VOD in a few weeks, so it might be worth checking out then.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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