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Super Reviewer
September 10, 2011
After The Wedding is a meaningful tale of two fathers sharing the same challenges on love, family, sorrow, and irony. A potent strong argument on life affirmation and fatherhood with sophisticated story, cinematic style, and performances. Lovely, surprising, and dignified.
Super Reviewer
June 26, 2007
A film that really delves deep into the psyche of a family struggling with the family secret that gets revealed, only to reveal another. Some strong performances in Susan Bier's Danish drama, including Mads Mikkelsen of Casino Royale fame and Rolf Lassgard. Although, you can see the plot coming at times, the direction and writing really reveals something extrodinary in these characters that you can relate to.

Bier also gives us as an audience, small glimpses into important frames coming in the film, like small pieces in a puzle waiting to come together. Subsequently, developing each character accordingly so that we end up knowing all characters incredibly well. There are also many close-up shots of the characters, which adds to the emotion that these characters feel. One excellent film indeed.

*Recomended Watch*
Super Reviewer
April 30, 2009
I knew nothing about this film before going to see it except that it was Oscar nominated and starred Bond's 'Casino Royale' foe Mads Mikkelsen. But I'd heard good things and despite it being a day so sunny in April that you should really spend it in the park I ventured into the dark cinema. All I can say is that I am so, so glad I did as this has to be one of the best films I have seen this year. Jacob (Mikkelsen) runs an orphanage/school in India that due to funding will have to close if they don't do something quickly, cue a phone call from Denmark where a millionaire is looking to invest some money in a good cause and Jacob has no choice but to go home and try to win over the mystery funder. Cut to Copenhagen and the very rich living of Jorgen and his family, a self-made millionaire Jorgen is preparing for the Wedding of his daughter and as his family gather round the mansion we see that he has a pretty good life. Cut back to Jacob who after living in squalid conditions in India for so long is struggling to understand the swish hotel he's been booked in for his visit. When the two meet to discuss the investment Jacob is over enthusiastic but Jorgen is nonchalant and pre-occupied with the weekends approaching festivities, so much so he decides to conclude the deal on Monday and seeing as Jacob is here on his invitation with nothing to do all weekend he decides to ask him to attend the wedding. So far so seemingly normal. It is at this point that the film takes some dramatic turns and through a series of unexpected events, a few skeletons in closets, the past and emotive performances, becomes a really deep and moving piece of cinema. I don't want to spoil it by saying anymore about it except it's nothing short of brilliant. I haven't seen a film for ages that deals with such negative and positive issues with such compassion and integrity without being hammy or over the top. The direction is flawless, the music is fitting and the cinematography is almost dogma in style but with a certain crispness to it. The performances are outstanding and it's not hard to see why it was Oscar nominated and won countless awards. The way the script is superbly written it reminded of 'Secrets and Lies' by Mike Leigh in the way it captures humans acting realistically in real situations. By the time the film starts to conclude the tissues were coming out to wipe away the tears of sadness and joy, which is a very powerful position to be in for any film, and the audience left the auditorium into bright sunshine glad like me that they'd had chance to see this amazing piece of cinema.
SilentWarProductions2009
Super Reviewer
½ July 11, 2007
Directed by: Susanne Bier.
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgård, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Stine Fischer Christensen.

The film may seem like many Hollywood films released each year, but the problem with those is that they don't succeed in making us care for there characters and the films just turn out to be average, After the Wedding is a rare film that is done brilliantly.

The films starts with Jacob, a man from Denmark who owns an orphanage in India and he has dedicated his life to these kids, especially one in particular. When it appears that the orphanage is on the verge of closure due to lack of funding, an unusual offer comes along. A billionaire businessman from Denmark, offers him a donation, but he also has to come to his daughters wedding. He approves and soon finds out the secrets of this family.

Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen turn in a brilliantly written, character study that also provides its fair share of twists, deceit and lies among these characters. But that is the strong point of this film...character.

The film moves slowly in parts but Bier and Jensen deliver these characters with such humanity and depth, we learn to both care for and hate these characters and when 'sentimental' moments arise, it isn't forced, it certainly bought a tear to my eye.

Bier is also behind the camera and she works brilliantly with her characters, she stays up close and personal with them and allows them to shine in the most perfect moments.

The performances here are absolutely outstanding, Mads Mikkelsen proves to be quite subtle and brilliant in his role, his eyes are really captivating, but the lady to mention is Stine Fischer Christensen. A beautiful young actress, but one with shocking power and depth in her role, she helps to pack an emotional punch in a lot of scenes.

The film does appear melodramatic at first glance, but the filmmakers have done what Hollywood fails at and that is making it refreshing, intense, emotional, full of character and very real. Definitely deserving of its Academy Award nomination.

87/100
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2007
"champagne is poured... secrets are spilled."

A multi-millionaire wants to know how much his money can really buy in this drama from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Though born and raised in Denmark, Jacob Peterson (Mads Mikkelsen) has made a life for himself in India, where he runs an orphanage for homeless children. While Jacob cares little for money, raising funds is part of the responsibilities of his position, and when he learns that Jørgan (Rolf Lassgård), a wealthy Danish businessman, is willing to donate four million dollars under the condition that he meet with him in person, Jacob grudgingly hops a flight back home. Once in Denmark, Jørgan insists that Jacob attend the wedding of his daughter the next day; at the celebration he meets Jørgan's wife, Helene (Sidse Babett Knudsen), whom he recognizes as someone he knew many years ago. As Jacob finds himself revisiting a past he would prefer to forget, he discovers that Jørgan has an ulterior motive for bringing him to Denmark -- the wealthy man is in poor health, and while the donation will help ease some of his guilt over a life of avarice, he's also looking for someone to take over as Helene's husband after he dies.

Review
Sweet sorrow permeates through Susanne Bier's Oscar nominated "After the Wedding", a quietly testing film that tepidly breaks free from the shackles of the Dogme manifestos to deliver an incredibly subtle celebration of family. Paternal pacification is as good a reason as any to explore with overwhelming and eloquent sentimentality when Jacob (Mads Mikkelsen) is arm-twisted into returning to his native Denmark to seek out funds for his orphanage's young charges in India. He meets with the seemingly magnanimous Jorgen (Rolf Lassgard, filling the screen with his sheer presence), a millionaire that invites him to his daughter's wedding and in the process sets the wheels of redemption into motion. Bier's most prominent work thus far is also her most joyous when she bravely evokes the goodness in her characters, working the circumstances to peel away the layers of tacit human desires and destructive pride. Blessed with superlative performances across the board, a particularly inspired turn by Mikkelsen serves as Bier's dramatic lynchpin for her film's gentle twists and turns. But even its sudsy plot developments work well in Bier's kinetic and expertly crafted dreamworld, which despite its otherworldly state still manages to disclose the bare and conspicuous design of mortality and compassion.
bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
½ December 6, 2008
Beyond any shadow of a doubt the very best movie I have ever seen. This writer has captured every emotion that a person can have. I listen to it in Dutch with English Subtitles. Even the still shots had meaning you just have to think about them. Every actor should be an award winner. Oh yea its in the collection.
Super Reviewer
½ July 3, 2008
My second Bier film in as many weeks and an obvious sign she is no fluke artist. Her style of camera work is impeccable. As it drifts into extreme close-ups and hand held hypnotic beauty. The film may rely on a series of great coincidences but it soon straightens them out and offers up a highly emotional drama. People are complex and we see a vast array of painful moments portrayed with absolute perfection. Mikkelsen is again stunning and all the relationships are wonderfully built upon.
Super Reviewer
November 26, 2007
Who cares? The only time I was actually moved by this film is at the point where Lassgard expresses his true feelings about dying. I mean just barely moved. It's just not enough. One of the most ploddingly predictable scripts in recent memory. Don't waste time on this one.
gor41
Super Reviewer
July 12, 2007
Well acted family saga with a big debt to Festen but with a strong enough narrative to distinguish itself. The use of my favorite Sigur Ros track at a key moment helped me warm to the work but the frequent use of close-up seemed a little forced and some scenes are somewhat melodramatic..
Super Reviewer
October 1, 2009
A powerful, highly emotional, multi-layered story that plays out with total honesty. The film is a study in contrasts, between the abject poverty of working with orphans in India and the almost obscene wealth of a successful business man in Denmark. It sets the highly idealistic Jacob (Mads Mikkelson) against the very rich and very powerful Jorgen (Rolf Lassgard). It pits the needs of the family patriarch against the needs of his family. And it juxtaposes the security of the familiar against the sheer terror of facing the unknown. Like an onion, each layer of the film peels away to reveal even more layers of complexity as it unfolds. The acting is superb! The two aforementioned actors are complemented by Sidse Kbudsen as the wife of Jorgen and Stine Christiansen as their delicate daughter. The cast was so well matched, one could easily believe in the tangle of relationships and the fallout as each new connection was exposed. The script constantly amazed with its ability to reveal that which we realized we already knew without the viewer being conscious of the knowledge until that moment. And the actual filming was often breathtaking. The use of extreme close-ups, especially of the characters' eyes, served to illuminate the complex emotions that were being just barely held in check. Susanne Bier, the director who also wrote the story from which the screen play was adapted, has delivered a masterful film that relies on honest emotions to tell its story, and great entertainment.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ April 15, 2007
[font=Century Gothic]In "After the Wedding", a much needed grant is promised to an orphanage in India on the condition that one of the aid workers, Jacob(Mads Mikkelsen), return to Copenhagen to meet with the benefactor, Jorgen(Rolf Lassgard). At first he is very reluctant but eventually gives in. But once Jacob gets there, he finds that the grant may not be as guaranteed as he had come to believe, Jorgen wanting a few days to review the proposal. In the meantime, he invites Jacob to the wedding of his daughter, Anna(Stine Fischer Chistensen), to Christian(Christian Tafdrup).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]With "After the Wedding", Susanne Bier makes another emotionally devastating movie, keeping the emotions very real, without repeating herself. This time, there is an emphasis on the disparity between the poverty of India and the opulence of Denmark(or anywhere in the West for that matter), personified in the excesses of the wedding ceremony. Bier takes a less cynical view of idealists than Lars von Trier, even if she does not entirely let everybody off the hook. In conclusion, while one can always care for people away frome home, the old country is never entirely left behind.[/font]
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2009
After having seen Susanne Bier's latest film, "In A Better World" (which won the Oscar for best international film), I had expected a lot from her past work.
Actor Mads Mikkelsen is in the lead role as a man working as a humanitarian aid in India, but he leaves back to Denmark to receive further funding for his operations. While in Denmark, his life gets flipped on its side as he desires to return to India, but finds himself reunited with a former lover and her new family.
This movie really speaks for itself, and still follows many of the Dogme 95 rules (which looks and works beautifully), but the storyline (though interesting) had far too many obvious parallels that were oddly never addressed. It would have been fantastic if Mads Mikkelsen's character, with his experiences, could have left an impact and mended together a broken end in the family that he interacts with in Denmark, but instead his character seems to not even comprehend that he could fix a young marriage from dissolving.
This is a great actor's film with fantastic performances, but acting alone cannot make a great movie. Though I do recommend this film, the movie feels like a test-film for Susanne Bier's far superior film "In A Better World" from this year.
Super Reviewer
October 10, 2008
A beautiful and powerful drama, with great cast and solid direction.
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2007
A complete surprise (well it would be I suppose since I watched it not knowing anything about it), After The Wedding is an unusually shot and very energetic film with a great cast and an absorbing story. Jacob, who devotes his life to helping poverty-stricken children in India, is summoned to his homeland of Denmark by an extremely wealthy businessman, Jorgen Hannson, who is looking to donate some of his money to worthwhile projects, and is interested in Jacob's work. Jorgen advises Jacob that he will take some time to consider how best to donate his money, and in the meantime invites Jacob to stay on and invites him to his daughter's wedding. Jacob soon begins to suspect all is not as it seems when he recognises someone at the wedding and secrets and motivations begin to become clear. Well acted by everyone, in particular Sidse Babett Knudsen who is positively luminous, cleverly paced and inventively filmed, After the Wedding veers a little too much into sentimentality in the final section, but the characters are so well written that despite this slight lapse and a too-slow ending, it remains compelling, compulsive viewing.
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2007
Cast keeps Danish melodrama from working up too much lather.
mvieaddict
Super Reviewer
½ April 8, 2009
The film is like a jigsaw puzzle that has been started but not completed. As the story progresses, pieces are added to the puzzle one at a time.
It is a little slow some times. It is a movie that you can see at any time. The plot seems to come out late, which I think is a great idea and gives the film some style. You don't really know what is to happen and where the film will take place at all.

Mads Mikkelsen has great presence on screen, I loved him in Casino Royale. He is just marvelous in this movie.
jimbotender
Super Reviewer
December 1, 2008
Brilliant melodrama from Bier,a renovator of touching scenes,roaring upheavals inside the souls of close interrelations.The core of this film lies to the characters,primarily speaking because Bier is calmly emphasizing on the hushes and inner voices.A pity for this creator deserves more than a Hollywood career.
½ December 18, 2012
(warning don't read the full flixster description of the film since it has spoilers) what begins as a subdued film becomes an emotional journey full of surprises. a unique film in which the protagonist perspective isn't always the same person.
July 13, 2013
The opening moments of Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding" matches a montage of hot, earthy Indian slum imagery with music by Sigur Ros at their saddest and most prophetic, emphasizing the quiet gaps between every dark, dripping beat. This bit works so well, in fact, that it perfectly both sums up and prepares you for the film's drama-with-a-capital-D emotional turbulence. And like a Sigur Ros song, the devastating arc of "Wedding" plays like the nose of a jet engine always right about to crash before miraculously pulling up, leaving you lifted and alive.

Truth be told "After the Wedding" is a bit too airy, and the movie's two hour runtime could have been tighter. But the humanness of leads Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård and the years-rising acting force of Mads Mikkelsen -- and, of course, screenwriters Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen -- keep "Wedding" from ever feeling contrived. No spoilers here. If you can, go in cold. Profoundly affecting.
½ July 10, 2007
A surprising gem of a find, and perhaps my fave Danish film to date that juxtaposes poverty against affluence, self-sacrifice against personal priorities. The twist is far-fetched but nice, as it explores the different choices and consequences of human nature, and questions what, ultimately, a 'rich' life is..
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