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Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør)

From the Oscar-winning director of “In A Better World”

Pierce Brosnan stars in the innocuously titled but gloriously enjoyable Love Is All You Need, the latest film from the Danish director Susanne Bier, whose considerably more sober thriller In A Better World won the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Brosnan plays Philip, a widower and big noise on the Copenhagen fruit and vegetable wholesale scene who is hosting his son’s wedding at his villa in Italy. Also in attendance is the mother of the bride, Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a cancer survivor who has just completed a course of chemotherapy but is still awaiting the final all-clear. Ida’s tubby husband has run off with the girl from accounts, so she, like Philip, is without a date. As they make the final preparations for their offspring’s nuptials, the flames of love start to catch, although Philip’s vulturous sister-in-law Bendikte (Paprika Steen) is also trying to kindle a romance of her own. Bier’s film is not an out-and-out romantic comedy so much as a romance with some very funny moments, although the wedding backdrop and holiday setting are both strong reminders of Mamma Mia. Brosnan looks as if he might be about to burst into song at any moment: imagine how delightful it is when he doesn’t. Just as the postcard-perfect setting has some chipped plaster and faded paint around its edges, so Bier’s photogenic characters all have their own sadnesses and vulnerabilities to bear. Anders Thomas Jensen’s script, which is just about equal parts English and Danish, is packed with humour that springs from recognizable human foibles, and Brosnan and Dyrholm have fizzingly good chemistry together. The younger cast members are given less to do, although the striking Danish actress Molly Blixt Egelind, who plays the bride-to-be, is definitely one to watch. Love Is All You Need has been made for an audience rarely catered for by the film industry: intelligent adults who enjoy perceptive and good-hearted drama. The chatter at the Venice Film Festival was that Bier’s film was another Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but for me it’s far better, and comes from a more truthful, less cartoonish place. Think of it as a kind of wholegrain alternative: all of the pleasure, none of the guilt. – Robbie Collin, The Daily TelegraphOfficial Trailer

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Directed by: 
Susan Bier
Running Time: 
Denmark, U.K.
English and Danish with English Subtitles
Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind
Screenplay by: 
Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen

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