DVD review

Festen

Thomas Vinterberg christened the Dogme genre with immense style in this 1998 Danish classic with edgy docu-drama camerawork and grainy digital video helping to supercharge a time-honoured narrative progression from cosy family gathering to shock revelation. Partly inspired by a real-life radio phone-in confession, Vinterberg's jet-black farce moves from incest, suicide and racism to cathartic redemption.

DVD EXTRAS: Trailer, Dogme certificate, interview/picture booklet.

Rating: 4 / 10

Retail dvd (blue light, full screen)


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