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Love Is All You Need
Den skaldede frisør

Pierce Brosnan stars in this cross-cultural romantic comedy from Academy Award–winning Danish director Susanne Bier (In a Better World, After the Wedding).

Returning from her final, successful chemotherapy treatment, Ida (Trine Dyrholm, In a Better World, The Celebration) arrives home only to find her boorish husband Leif (Kim Bodnia, In a Better World, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen) in a compromising position with a ditzy co-worker (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller). Stricken, she takes off to Sorrento alone to attend the wedding of her daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) to Patrick (Sebastian Jessen) in a beautiful Italian villa, where the lemon groves and cypress trees form the perfect backdrop for a young couple who appear to be blissfully in love. Unexpectedly, Leif arrives with his new bimbo paramour in tow, leading Ida to give her husband a piece of her mind — and a face full of champagne. This display does little to impress Patrick’s no-nonsense father Philip (Brosnan, The Ghost Writer, Married Life), a dashing but brooding widower who seems less than pleased with his life, his son, and his soon-to-be in-laws. When the young couple’s future happiness is suddenly jeopardized, Ida and Philip are brought together to try to set things right — and find that life might have a second chance in store for them as well.

Bier’s films have always been marked by their outstanding ensemble casts, and Love Is All You Need is no exception. Dyrholm invests Ida with a nervous energy (she’s constantly adjusting her post-chemo wig) as well as warmth and humour. Brosnan delivers a delightful straight-man performance as the staid Phillip, while Paprika Steen is simply uproarious as Philip’s lustful sister-in-law. Hilarious, touching and inspiring, Love Is All You Need is a rousing toast to those who have the courage to transform their lives.


"It’s the rare love story that avoids treacly sentimentality. Even rarer is a believable romantic comedy featuring middle-aged people that avoids jokes about sagging flesh and waning libidos." - Claudia Puig, USA Today

"What's remarkable ... is how Ms. Bier's film, in Danish and English, finds beauty in its quiet moments, which are many and close between." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen
Year: 2012
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: Denmark
Language: English, Danish (English subtitles)
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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