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This review is from: Festen [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Festen is a spectacular achievement, an incredible film. It shows Hollywood and other big budget commercial cinema for the bland, vapid, forgettable, unchallenging, uninteresting experience it so often is. Festen uses no artificial lighting, no overdubbing, no elaborate sets, no special effects - none of the techniques that all other films use to manipulate your emotions - reducing the film to its bare bones, script, character, direction, acting. Festen stays with you like no film I have seen in recent years. Its raw production techniques elicit a raw emotional response, and if you're not left breathless there's something wrong with you.