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LIFF27 – Day 9: Festen and Mistaken for Strangers


Festen (1998)

IMDb entry for Festen


The Blurb

“At Helge’s 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.”

My Thoughts

I picked this out of the programme as Director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt was one of personal favourites from last year’s festival. This is a 1998 film, Vinterberg’s debut in film-making, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes. It didn’t disappoint. An intense, dark family drama all set over the course of a 60th birthday party. Cleverly maintains humour despite the heavy subject matter. Strong acting throughout which took you through the entire spectrum of emotions.

Rating Out of Ten


Mistaken for Strangers (2013)

IMDb entry for Mistaken for Strangers


The Blurb

“In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour’s crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom – who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal – decided to bring his camera along. Tom’s at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother’s shadow brings out the younger sibling in him – he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own.”

My Thoughts

I love The National so this was a no-brainer when putting together my schedule. However, I will say this much; this is not a rockumentary about the The National but a tale of brothers on completely different life paths. You can’t help but be touched by this film; sweet, touching and, quite frequently, utterly hilarious. I’d quite like to go for a pint with Tom; his goofy personality shines through here. Don’t let the music prevent you from seeing this film. It’s much bigger than a tour documentary, in fact there’s very little coverage of stage time except a rousing full performance of the awesome Terrible Love at the close of the film.

Rating Out of Ten



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