Watch: Festen 1998 123movies, Full Movie Online – When a father turns 60, his large family gathers at a castle to celebrate him. Everybody likes and respects him deeply–or do they? The youngest son is trying to live up to his father’s expectations; he runs a grill-bar in a dirty part of Copenhagen. The oldest son runs a restaurant in France; the sister is an anthropologist. The older sister has recently committed suicide and the father asks the oldest son to say a few words about her, because he is afraid he will break into tears if he does it himself. The oldest son agrees without argument. Actually he has already written two speeches. A yellow and a green one. At the table, he asks the father to pick a speech. The father chooses green. The oldest son announces that this is the Speech of Truth. Everybody laughs, except for the father, who looks nervous: he knows that his oldest son is about to reveal the secret of why his sister killed herself..
Plot: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech dislodges all the masks, which finally fall completely as the father-son conflict intensifies and the bewildered guests look on.
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God bless the Dogme 95!
I always wanted to watch “Festen” since I knew about the Dogme 95. As any Danish movie, it was released in a unique cultural theater. And, as most of the European movies, in less than 3 weeks, it wasn’t…
OK, you’ll tell the truth: I don’t know why but I didn’t watch it on a theater, and I could have done it. I waited for its release in video but all the times I went to the videostore I forgot to rent it. But one year after the release on theaters, it was rolling in Eurochannel (a cable-TV channel. It’s all about Europe). I couldn’t miss that chance so, on a Friday night, at 22:00, I finally watched it. And what an AMAZING film!!!
At first, the plot seems interesting and simple but after 20 minutes you finally realize how strong and provocative Festen really is. It’s about one celebration made by the patriarch of the family Kingenfelt in the hotel where he lives. He’s commemorating his 60 years. Christian, the older son, makes a speech where secrets are revealed.
The rules of the Dogme 95 as the use of natural light, camera in the hands, etc, help to create a claustrophobic and confidential clime, like nobody knows that someone is filming them. The scenes look incredibly real. Paprika Steen (Helene) and Ulrich Thomsen (Christian) were more than extraordinary. Paprika is a great actress and I can’t stand waiting to watch “Idiotern”, the second Dogme, in which she’s acting again.
“Festen” is not just a worth watching film. It’s a worth watching, re-watching, watching again, renting many times and recording to watch it a hundred times. Being the first Dogme, it’s a mark in the cinema’s history.
Grade – A+
How not to “break the silence” – or should you?
Talk about dysfunctional families!! This movie is a real shocker … expect the unexpected, all the way through. Very creative, profound and heart-wrenching breaking of the family silence about dark secrets. You cannot watch this movie and not be changed, outraged and shaken.
Original Language da
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Director Thomas Vinterberg
Writer Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
Actors Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen
Country Denmark, Sweden
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award28 wins & 23 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Camera Sony DCR-PC3
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video (PAL)
Cinematographic Process DV
Printed Film Format 35 mm (blow-up)