With its country-house gathering & hidden family secrets, this slight, sins of the father 'dramady' gestures towards the same territory as Vinterberg's masterpiece Festen, but lacks that earlier film's emotional weight. Mantle's bright, saturated cinematography gives the small domestic narrative a nostalgic, magical-realist quality, but while relaxed & often amusing, the story required a more compelling protagonist.
Great script and entertaining film by Thomas Vinterberg proving the promise he showed with his debut "The Celebration" in 1998 in ways that "Dear Wendy" did not. Well cast and well constructed. Exceptional camerawork from the nearly always great Anthony Dod Mantle. Kudos to writers Vinterberg, Rukov and Kaufmann.