Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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]
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.
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.
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.