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LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

Director: SUSANNE BIER

116 minutes, Denmark-Sweden-Italy-France-Germany, 2012, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema


Lightening up after her Oscar-winning moral drama In A Better World, Denmark’s Susanne Bier returns with this absolute charmer, bringing a dash of laughter, a smattering of home truths and plenty of Italian sunshine.

Brassy blonde Trine Dyrholm holds centre stage as a hairdresser recovering from cancer surgery, whose errant hubby disgraces himself with the office girl only days before the couple must to fly to Sorrento for their daughter’s wedding. Also attending is Pierce Brosnan, father of the groom, a gruff, work-obsessed fruit ‘n’ veg importer who lost his wife in tragic circumstances years earlier. No, you probably won’t need three guesses to work out where the story’s going, but the filmmakers refuse to talk down to the material, bringing appreciable warmth and humanity to the familiar moves. 

Dyrholm is absolutely stellar as the doughty heroine, while Brosnan, relaxed yet somehow alert, responds to every single layer of emotion in one of the best roles he’s ever had. (Notes by Trevor Johnson.)

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