After The Wedding details
|Starring:||Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgard, Stine Fischer Christensen, Mona Malm|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
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 (105 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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After the WeddingBy jaimelecinema (29 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 2013What 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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What is and what might have beenBy TheJourneymanBalladeer (2 reviews) , 04 Nov 2012This film takes traumatic situations, each only a step away from dreams and fears held by thinking and feeling adults, and manages to draw us into them as possible and credible. The four central performances are under-stated, and the narrative is paced and placed with similar subtlety by the director Susanne Bier. The sense that something is not right, the journey of the characters as they respond to the escalating revelations, and the many moments of realisation and expression of feeling confirm the sophistication and realism of modern Danish cinema. The scenes of deep emotion, when they come, are very powerful. Had me and Mrs Me in tears on the sofa during and in very meaningful discussion afterwards.
rich fillingBy kevil9 (120 reviews) from Glasgow , 19 Oct 2012This has probably by-passed the majority of renters, which is a pity, as there is much a value to be gotten from this film
subtitles may put off a few, as may the overall pacing. Those who have enjoyed the stars of Borgen, Wallander and therefore used to the European sensibilities on display will engross themselves in a quality drama which takes a bit of time to hit it's stride.
In a way that's the point. we know the conditions imposed aren't arbitrary. They serve a purpose and the revelations around the wedding and the aftermath are the very essence of human emotions
Fear of the future and what we lose, what we left behind and the consequences. These are small and intimate, huge and life-changing
The appreciation of this fil will probably linger after its end, rather than an immediate sugar rush. that's the way it should be
It may seem that the film disappoints. It doesn't. As it develops coherence, fully-rounded characters speak to us from differing stages of life and growth
Just try and get past the initialhurdle of pace and wondering where it's trying to go. the journey's worth the effort