After The Wedding details
|Starring:||Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgard, Stine Fischer Christensen, Mona Malm|
|Genres:||Drama - Crime, World Cinema - Swedish|
After The Wedding
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||25 Jun 2007|
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Kind of a naff name for such a superb movie!By Baz (104 reviews) from London , 13 Aug 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I'm being spoiled. First I see the beautiful, mature and delightful Mira Nair film 'The Namesake' (in my top twenty with a bullet) - and now this peach! What's going on!!
'After The Wedding' has a central performance from Mads Mikkelsen (the facially scared card-playing La Chiffre in the superb 'Casino Royale') that is both riveting and Oscar worthy. He's the kind of actor who can just stand there and whole worlds are expressed in his face - an instrument I'm sure the director knew would have us hooked right from the get go. When Mads smiles, you smile, when he hurts - you do the same. He's as riveting as Gary Oldman or Christian Bale or Robert Downey Jr or Gabriel Byrne. And I can imagine, many women wouldn't mind looking at him either - long after the two hours of this is up!
It's foreign language (dubbed) and opens with Mars (Jakob) in an Indian orphanage where he is distributing food from a truck, giving lessons in English in a shed of a building and generally holding it all together. But as always - lack of funds threathen imminent closure and the destitute children will be evicted out onto the harsh streets. He gets a phonecall from Denmark from Jorgen (Rolf Lassgard playing a millionaire businessman) with an offer of untold millions that will keep his orphanage open and indeed even help others. He seems reluctant to go and get this gift horse, but he has to. Jakob promises the adoring children that he'll be back within a week and he won't let them down. But things change when he gets there.
Attending the well-heeled society wedding of Anna (Jorgen's daughter), to his astonishment, Jakob recognises Jorgen's wife - and she him - there's been history between them that is perhaps still alive & unresolved. Without giving too much plot away - Jakob makes a staggering and life-changing discovery and also, slowly but surely, begins to understand Jorgen's interest in wanting him back in Denmark.
This is about family, loved ones, the preciousness of our kids, betrayal, bad mistakes made in the past, another chance given to redeem them now - all the best stuff - and although some of the performances are at times slightly 'over-the-top' - the movie has heart - and you root for these people all the way to the end. The cast is uniformly excellent - especially Mikkelson and Lassgard - who's rivalry and shared loves are beautifully and realistically handled. There were many scenes where tears willingly plopped out of my weary goggleboxes. And there's superb complimentary music too.
I loved this film - I really did. And hope it will get the vast audience it deserves. Put it very high on your rental lists.
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Unconvincing story.By MMoody (2 reviews) , 18 May 2013Rented this film as it had great reviews,was looking forward to a night in by myself with no disruptions give it my full attention. Must admit i was quite board and disappointed. Visually was pleasing but was unimpressed by the storyline....went on a bit,was unconvinced by it all....
WATCH THIS!By a customer , 19 Apr 2013Amazing film on so many levels - you don't get many like this! Great story, fantastic acting, beautifully filmed. A tiny bit slow at times but that added to the suspense - and also gave you time to think about what was happening and understand the characters' dilemmas. I felt the frustration of the central character - a rare thing to feel so involved in a two-hour movie. Highly recommended!
After the WeddingBy jaimelecinema (26 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 08 Apr 2013Beautifully shot with great use of colour that mirrors the emotion and pace. Quirky story line that seems at times a little implausible but it doesn't always take the path you think it is going to, so it keeps you guessing. The characters are - as seems the norm for Danish films - well played and acted. Emotions and tensions are palpable. Well worth renting.
not to be missed or dismissedBy bleublanc (9 reviews) , 18 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]What a harrowing movie and fantastic acting, I saw it at the beginning of the week and the characters are still hunting me. This is yet another gem from the North ( the last one I saw was Headhunters) I shall recommend it to every one.
disappointing flopBy a customer , 09 Jan 2013I so wanted to like this film after reading some good online reviews and on the back of all the good stuff coming out of Denmark (The Killing etc). What a disappointment this was. Direction and dialogue were sadly lacking so that anger just looked like petulance, with people stomping about and throwing tables at one point, and it all seemed very unnatural. Some of the dialogue was cringeworthy, and that can't have just been down to dodgy translation for the subtitles. Visually this film was a treat, but I ended up watching the last bit on fast forward just to get it over with. It felt more like someone's angst-ridden teenage outpourings than the sophisticated intertwining of intrigues I'd hoped for and expected. Ultimately, a waste of talent and my time.
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