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Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 31, 2007
Lovely, dense and surprising.
| Original Score: 5/5
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May 28, 2007
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.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 10, 2007
Yes, they throw more than rice at this Wedding, but it's all in service of an astutely observed and sometimes shattering human drama.
| Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 4, 2007
Bier's not timid about tossing any number of volatile ingredients into an already-simmering pot.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 4, 2007
You leave the movie feeling exhausted, argumentative and exhilarated, surely the sign of a powerful film in any language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 27, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2007
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 21, 2007
[Director] Bier's careful touch and the skill of the cast make After the Wedding an emotional and often lovely film. It's mostly a series of two-person scenes, delicately filled in with character details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 21, 2007
The film brings us face to face with the movie's starkest truth: It's not whether or not we prevail over the inevitable setbacks in life, but who we connect with along the way.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2007
There are no guarantees with this sort of thing, but it really is possible that one or two scenes in After the Wedding will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2007
Sounds like a soap opera. But Danish director Susanne Bier builds a high-minded melodrama from this plot material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2007
As the premise might suggest, Jensen's dramatic structure is so visible this sometimes seems like a late Rod Serling teleplay, but Bier has proved highly adept at merging conventional drama with the immediacy of the Dogma 95 movement.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 20, 2007
For once, the bigger the emotion, the truer the moviegoing experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
Life's a mess, it says, but you can't sweep up the dirt until you've taken a good, hard look at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 13, 2007
Even when [Bier's] movie ventures in deepest contrivance it pulls you along like a willing puppy on a gently tugged leash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 13, 2007
In my book it's high camp -- a thrill ride for emotion junkies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2007
Mikkelsen, Lassgard, Knudsen and Christensen seem to burrow into the deepest parts of their hearts and souls to turn the stuff of soap opera into a search for the real self.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 10, 2007
This is a fine tale of families and secrets, and its seemingly cold exterior gives way to something unexpectedly warm and soft inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 31, 2007
After The Wedding could be the cinematic equivalent of a Coldplay song. And while that isn't necessarily a slam, it isn't a recommendation either.
| Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
March 31, 2007
Bier's insistence on adding even more melodramatics into the mix feels like a mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2007
A thrilling -- and harrowing, and beautiful -- celebration of the unpredictability of life.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 30, 2007
It speaks the universal language of high romance in the distinctly unromantic Danish tongue. But don't be put off by that. It is a kind of treat we are only rarely offered these days.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 30, 2007
A deceptively unadorned movie that ends in huge, untidy and enormously satisfying emotions.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 30, 2007
[Director] Bier has lots [of] surprises up her sleeve to keep After the Wedding humming for two solid hours.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 30, 2007
The characters may suffer once the bride walks down the aisle, but [director] Bier, [writer] Jensen and their first-rate cast work together like a match made in heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 30, 2007
After the Wedding is a modern creation with a classic theme involving haves and have-nots, bloodlines and family ties.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2007
It's that paradoxical melodrama that point-blank refuses to acknowledge that it's being melodramatic, conveying its scenario with enough intensity, psychological acuity and forceful acting to ignore labels and flat-out overpower audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 29, 2007
Evidently, this bloated piece of Oscar-nominated nonsense was a big hit in Denmark, which makes me think there's a glittering future in that otherwise discriminating country for several seasons of Days of Our Lives.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 29, 2007
Crisply written and acted soap opera from Susanne Bier, but vague in its intentions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 29, 2007
What feels at first like a quiet, straightforward picture builds into one of the richest and most satisfying of the year so far, in any genre or any language.
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Gunnar Rehlin
Variety
March 29, 2007
Thanks to a tight script, sharp direction and excellent actors, new film by Danish helmer Susanne Bier manages to be both emotional and engaging.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2007
Talented filmmaker Susanne Bier, armed with an outstanding compositional sense, keeps control over the storms of melodrama that swirl in this rich weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 8, 2007
After the Wedding ends up feeling far weightier than it first appears, with its plot contrivances and unlikely coincidences generating such a messy range of emotions, they end up feeling a lot like real life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
March 8, 2007
At heart, Bier is an actor's director, and it's the uniformly fine performances she engenders from her cast that make 'After the Wedding' as satisfying as it is.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
At two hours, After the Wedding stretches out family flux too thinly and waits too long to reveal the final, devastating secret that we already know.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
A filmmaker who excels in peeling back those delicate layers of human frailty, Denmark's Susanne Bier returns to Toronto, which premiered her previous two films, with another powerful family portrait.