Initially threatening to turn into the most shameless of melodramas, it instead builds upon its rickety foundation with such dexterity and grace that it eventually emerges as a deeply moving experience.
It's a traumatic journey peeling away those layers of secrecy, repression and regret, but the actors are equal to those hyper-emotional demands. After the Wedding is a story told with unsparing honesty and skill.
Director Susanne Bier is obviously fond of extreme close-ups (people smoking, people drinking, people licking their lips), especially focusing the camera on the actors' eyeballs too many times to count. I can overlook this annoying little technique becaus