Saturday, 17 October 2015

I've Just Seen: Love is All You Need (2012)

Love is All You Need (Den skaldede frisor) (2012)

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Director: Susanne Bier

I really enjoyed Bier's After the Wedding so looked out for this film. The two are similar, dealing with the messiness of families as they meet for a wedding. Unlike After the Wedding, which was a Danish film in Danish, Love is All You Need has a mixture of English and Danish; Pierce Brosnan's Philip lives and works in Denmark, but still speaks English, while the other characters move between the two languages. 

Trine Dyrholm is the film's heart; she is dealing with revelations of a cheating husband, the end of her cancer treatment, and listening to the doubts of her daughter (the bride to be). Her Idassa is warm and dignified in the face of her situation, and her performance carries everyone else. There are several plots going on at the same time that didn't all quite work for me. Everyone at the wedding is facing some personal crisis that creates tension, but also threatens to confuse the plot. Thankfully, the film mostly holds together. I quite enjoyed it, and would recommend it if you want a romantic drama/ comedy that doesn't conform to the Hollywood standard.

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