The time is the mid-1970s. The dream of freedom and fellowship is peaking. In the commune, people can be free and happy. They live together, party together and grow together. They debate, quarrel, make love and inspire each other. It's a picture-perfect life.
"The Commune" is Thomas Vinterberg's own free invention, inspired by his colourful childhood in an academic commune north of Copenhagen.
Erik and Annam, an academic couple, and their daughter Freja establish a commune in Erik's big box of a house in suburban Hellerup. Centring on the little family, the film invites us into the dream of a true commune. We are there for house meetings, dinners and parties. There is friendship, love, family and community under one roof. But when Erik's mistress is allowed to move in, everything changes. As time passes and an epoch nears its end, reality intrudes, threatening to destroy the family, the friendship and the dream of togetherness.
Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm, who both acted in Vinterberg's first two features, "The Biggest Heroes" and "The Celebration," star as Erik and Anna, while 14-year-old Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen makes her debut as their daughter Freja.