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The cast brings After the Wedding's melodramatic script to life, creating a movie that is emotionally raw and satisfying.
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Lovely, dense and surprising.
One of the more interesting themes of this movie is the question of which is more important to a cause, the man or the money.
Yes, they throw more than rice at this Wedding, but it's all in service of an astutely observed and sometimes shattering human drama.
Bier's not timid about tossing any number of volatile ingredients into an already-simmering pot.
You leave the movie feeling exhausted, argumentative and exhilarated, surely the sign of a powerful film in any language.
May be the strangest and most surprising film you'll see this year, in that its character development runs counter to the expectations aroused by its narrative sequencing.
There's nothing quite as devastating as tragedy treated with sharp and precise Northern European restraint.
As a critic, I don't always have the luxury of choosing everything I see. And a lucky thing, too, because director Susanne Bier's After the Wedding is making a strong argument that my instincts about Danish cinema are wrong wrong wrong.
Une oeuvre aussi sincère que les intentions de ses protagonistes qui épate par l'efficacité d'une mise en scènes dont les rouages se veulent entièrement au service du discours
Un buen ejemplo de cómo se puede hacer una película madura y atrapante con el mismo argumento base de una telenovela mexicana.
A top-notch piece of work by a director whose richly authentic dramas are regular inclusions in festival programmes.
It's a treat when a movie offers characters this rich and layered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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