About

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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Directed by

Thomas Vinterberg

Written by

Thomas Vinterberg (Screenplay)
Mogens Rukov (Screenplay)

Runtime

105 minutes

Country

Denmark, Sweden

Language

Danish

Tagline

Every family has a secret.

Cast

Keywords

daughter parent child relationship secret suicide depression sexual abuse child lecture country house birthday twin sister family reunion dogme 95 child abuse hotelier

Lists

#378 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#229 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#474 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

#54 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire