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Probably the first thing you need to know about Love is All You Need is that it doesn’t include any Beatles songs on its soundtrack. It’s original title is Den skaldede frisør, which seems to roughly translate to “The Bald Hairdresser,” and Love is All You Need is the arbitrary title it got stuck with in English-speaking markets. It is the kind of movie that unashamedly includes multiple uses of the song ‘That’s Amore’ though, so you can probably guess what sort of demographic it’s aiming to hit. Love is All You Need, in addition to being the new film from co-writer/director Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire), is a relationship drama about a guy (Sebastien Jessen) and a girl (Molly Blixt Egelind) getting married at a rustic house situated in a lemon grove on the coast of Italy. It »
- Nathan Adams
Chicago – Creating the lofty name for this film, “Love is All You Need” – from a translation of its original title, “Den skaldede friser” – is intently ambitious considering its source is a lyric from one of The Beatles most famous songs. The film has its moments, but cannot sustain itself in a stew of high drama and mixed emotions.
Pierce Brosnan lends his star power to a Danish, Swedish, Italian, French and German produced film, and actually is one of the main characters to get caught in the web of the conflicting emotions in the plot. He is supposed to be a man in mourning for a long passed first wife, but his sophistication as a wealthy business man and still-good-looking James Bond air makes this character trait extremely unlikely. However, he meets a woman who is struggling with her own problems, and it turns out they are both going »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Some things are charming about European films that ape Hollywood, the same way that seeing yourself reflected through a funhouse mirror can be. The sentiments aren't quite as saccharine. The obnoxious characters are a touch nastier. Some subplots aren't tidily resolved. Yet despite those deviations, the gist is essentially the same. Such is the case with Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier's take on a Nancy Meyers rom-com. It's all here, from the house-porn of Italian seaside villas to the farcical tale of couples forged and dissolved. Philip (Pierce Brosnan) and Ida (Trine Dyrholm) are given a wholly unnecessary meet-cute (she crashes her car into his) on the way from Denmark to Italy, where Philip's son is marrying Ida's daughter. As extended family joins, the film veers from t »
Since yielding his 007 mantle to Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, in the tradition of many former A-list leading men given the opportunity (desired or not) to take on smaller roles has wracked up a collection of fine performances. The Matador, Seraphim Falls and The Ghost Writer stand among the best recent examples of Brosnan’s chops and he has now added another to his resume with the more low-key romantic drama Love Is All You Need.
Playing his female foil is Denmark native Trine Dyrholm, who was also one of the leads in last year’s Oscar nominated A Royal Affair. The immediate chemistry the two share stands as one of the film’s strongest elements. The arc at play is certainly a familiar one – a clichéd one even – but sometimes the believable forming of a bond (no pun intended) can elevate even the most well-worn material. Throwing a slight kink »
- Simon Brookfield
I’m a huge fan of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who has given us Brothers, After the Wedding, and the Oscar-winning In A Better World. These are serious, adult films, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Love is All You Need is not a standard-issue romantic comedy. It’s lighter in tone than her previous work, but Bier and her longtime writing partner Anders Thomas Jensen have woven serious undertones into the fabric of this bittersweet romance. Pierce Brosnan gives one of his best performances as a hard-shelled businessman, based in Denmark, whose son is about to get married. He and the bride’s mother (Trine Dyrholm, last seen as the jealous Juliane Marie in A Royal Affair)...
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- Leonard Maltin
The message behind most romantic comedies is the simple-minded sentiment that love is all you need. So when Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier takes that title for a departure from somber drama to romance, you might expect her to deliver it with some serious irony.
Yet in Bier's "Love Is All You Need," it turns out that love really is all you need. And like any old rom-com, it's the just-add-water, instant mush variety of love that springs up between the unlikeliest of partners because, hey, you're in the theater to see a love story.
This is several steps above the usual Hollywood romance, with nice low-key passion between Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm as prospective in-laws who connect during chaotic preparations for their children's wedding. Bier and regular screenwriting partner Anders Thomas Jensen dress things up with gorgeous postcard images of Sorrento, Italy, lovely music, elegant production design and deeper »
Before the Wedding: Bier’s Latest a Vibrant Vehicle for Dyrholm
Susanne Bier returns with an uncharacteristically light film, Love Is All You Need, after her 2011 Best Foreign Language Film win for In a Better World. The result is, without a doubt, a mainstream effort that has all the predictable benchmarks of the well worn romantic comedy. But Bier, along with her regular screenwriting collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen, proves the possibility of just how enjoyable and genuine the genre can be, generously giving us a host of well written, likeable characters, that are (for the most part) realistically rendered. Perhaps Nancy Meyers can take note.
Ida (Trine Dyrholm) has only recently completed her successful chemotherapy treatment of her breast cancer. Her immediate plans are to start having fun with her husband of twenty three years, Leif (Kim Bodnia), starting with traveling to Italy to attend daughter Astrid’s (Molly Blixt Egelind »
- Nicholas Bell
Pierce Brosnan gained global fame as James Bond, and earned his best critical kudos as an unraveling hitman in "The Matador," but the actor's fans may well find his turn in "Love Is All You Need," a Danish film set in Sorrento, Italy, to be their favorite Brosnan performance. Directed by Dogme 95 veteran and Oscar winner Susanne Bier ("In a Better World"), this sweet-and-sour, Murphy's-Law dramedy casts Brosnan as Philip, an irritable English widower and produce salesman stationed in Denmark. Philip heads to Sorrento for his son's vacation wedding, and comes across humble hairdresser Ida (Trine Dyrholm), the Danish mother of the bride, in a classic meet-cute. The movie proceeds to reveal both families' mad ups and downs, including Ida's struggle to bounce back from cancer, and her husband's flagrant flaunting of his young mistress. Bier largely achieves a fine tragicomic balance, transcending clichés of character and plot by digging up true humanity. »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
The temptation is impossible to resist, at first: Love Is All You Need! It’s like Mamma Mia! without the singing, and with breast cancer. Ida (Trine Dyrholm [A Royal Affair], who is exquisite in all ways) finds herself traveling alone from Copenhagen to Italy for the wedding of her daughter, Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind), after she walks in on her husband, Leif (Kim Bodnia), boinking ditzy Barbie doll Thilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller); “I thought you were at chemo” is Leif’s pathetic excuse. Goofiness piles up from there: Ida literally runs into Philip (Pierce Brosnan: Remember Me), father of Astrid’s fiancé, at the airport... with her car; Leif decides to show up for the wedding with Thilde at his side (she insists she’s Leif’s fiancée); Philip’s horrid sister-in-law Benedikte (Paprika Steen: Forty Shades of Blue) takes over the wedding proceedings in excruciating -- though recognizably hilarious -- drama-queen style »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Susanne Bier's romantic drama lacks subtlety, spark and chemistry
The 53-year-old Susanne Bier, daughter of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, is a deeply serious Danish film-maker whose contrived, often melodramatic plots frequently involve troubled families, transactions with developing countries in Africa and Asia, cancer, widows and widowers. One of them, Brothers, about the destruction of a marriage as a result of the husband's captivity in Afghanistan, was remade in America by Jim Sheridan, where Bier worked on the lachrymose Things We Lost in the Fire, and In a Better World won an Oscar as best foreign language film.
Her good-looking Love is All You Need is lighter in tone and kicks off with a couple in their late 40s meeting cute when she crashes into his car at Copenhagen airport. Characteristically, however, she's Ida (Trine Dyrholm), whose weaselly husband has been cheating on her while she's being treated for »
- Philip French
"I was a little nervous, because of his huge stardom," she remembers, of the first time the pair met, to go through their lines for the romantic drama, a Danish family saga of a wedding set in a Mediterranean-kissing lemon grove of Sorrento.
"We sat together, reading. And then he looked me in the eye, grabbed my hand and invited me into his space. It was so generous and nice of him."
The obvious chemistry between the two actors is reflected on screen, with Brosnan playing a long-widowed businessman, and Dyrholm playing a hairdresser, still rallying from cancer treatment, and reeling from the fresh blow of her husband's infidelity. »
- Caroline Frost
Working with a real-life 1980s incident in New Caledonia (not dissimilar to a French Falklands), Kassovitz crafts a thoughtful thriller with no heroes, only good intentions compromised by colonialist mistrust and distant politics. His negotiator is set between a hair-triggered French military and separatist rebels, but with an election back home, not everyone wants a peaceful outcome.
Promised Land (15)
With fracking as the central concern, this finds it hard to avoid being an "issue movie", but there's some human drama to it. Damon's gas agent comes to an archetypal small town with a buyout in mind, but the locals and their country ways get to him. »
- Steve Rose
Susanne Bier’s previous feature, the Academy Award-winning In A Better World, was a largely serious affair that grappled with lofty themes of injustice, violence and retribution, so it’s not at all surprising that she would want to follow it up with something a little more light-hearted. In Love Is All You Need she’s delivered something fun, if not entirely frothy and frivolous, despite the film’s obvious romantic comedy trappings.
The set-up sounds grim, but it’s fair to say that it doesn’t play out quite are depressingly as it sounds. Danish hairdresser Ida (Trine Dyrholm) is recuperating from a bout of chemotherapy and a mastectomy to treat her breast cancer, and arrives home from hospital one day to find her husband boinking a ditzy young woman from his accounts department. Devastated, she heads off alone to her daughter’s wedding in Italy, and when her »
- Joe Cunningham
Romance, drama, laughs, turmoil, and (usually) a brilliant soundtrack and cast - what more could you want from a rom-com? A recent survey conducted by Ladbrokes Bingo revealed that 58% of women prefer a girl's night in instead of a night out with friends at a bar or restaurant. And what could be better for such a night in than a movie night. To celebrate the UK cinema release this week of acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need, which stars former-007 Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, let's take a look at a handful of the most successful - and some would argue greatest - romantic comedies off all time, to help make your next night in one to truly remember.
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- CineVue UK
Director: Susanne Bier.
Running Time: 116 minutes.
Synopsis: Hairdresser Ida (Trine Dyrholm) discovers her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) is having an affair, so escapes the troubles of everyday life to attend her daughter’s wedding. On the way, she meets Philip (Pierce Brosnan), who is introduced as a rude, obnoxious businessman – but first impressions are not all they seem.
Largely set in the beautiful landscapes of Italy, Love Is All You Need focuses on the troubles of family life, losing love, relationships and finding love in new places. The Danish title translates as, ‘The Bald Hairdresser,’ and with the story also focusing on the issue of cancer, you feel genuine sympathy for Ida, especially when considering she is one of the few likeable characters and equally the only believable one.
For a film that is largely considered Danish, »
- James Hendry
An autumn-years romcom set in Italy starring Pierce Brosnan – sound familiar? At least there are no Abba songs
A number of questions occurred to me after watching Mamma Mia! The Movie five years ago but, "Why on earth don't they do a loose remake of this with none of the Abba songs and loads more Danish characters?" wasn't one of them. Susanne Bier is the Danish director who won an Oscar for her tough drama In a Better World, but she has also shown a penchant for syrupy Hollywood drama: two of her Danish films have, in fact, been remade as commercial English-language features.
The resemblance of this odd autumn-years romantic comedy to Mamma Mia! is screamingly obvious. Bier – always shrewdly aware of her movies' position in the marketplace – must surely have been conscious of it throughout the production process. Pierce Brosnan is in both films, and there's that Scandinavian connection. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Review Caroline Preece 19 Apr 2013 - 06:26
The posters and synopsis for Susanne Bier’s new Danish/English-language romantic comedy, with Pierce Brosnan grinning back at you, may recall another sunny feel-good adventure with the former Bond star but, by the end of this sweet and endearing film, you’ll finally be able to disassociate the actor from his most infamous role. There’s no chance of Brosnan breaking into song here, and he’s out to remind everyone what a watchable leading man he still is.
It’s really quite lazy to liken this film to Mamma Mia, or the other one going around, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, since there’s a lot more going on here than its simple premise suggests. Trine Dyrholm stars as recovering cancer sufferer Ida who, »
Pierce Brosnan is an acquired taste. I like him. I can't put a finger on why, but I do. If he's not your cup of tea, I suspect you'll find little to enjoy here. And that's a shame, because Love Is All You Need is an understated pleasure. Susanne Bier's charming film sees Ida (Trine Dyrholm), fresh out of chemotherapy, catch her husband (Kim Bodnia from The Bridge and Bleeder) in a compromising position with the young "Thilde from accounts." Flying solo to her daughter's wedding in Italy, she literally bumps into lonely widower Philip (Pierce Brosnan), the father of her daughter's fiancé. As family and friends convene on Philip's beautiful villa, there's more than a passing resemblance to that quintessential piece on family dysfunction,...
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Pierce Brosnan has saved the world from annihilation as James Bond, sang Abba for Mamma Mia!, and now he's hopping into a romantic comedy with acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier for Love Is All You Need. The film sees his cold business man Philip thaw when he meets Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a hairdresser recovering from cancer, at his son's wedding in Italy.
Digital Spy spoke to Brosnan about being an Irishman among a crew of Danes, his future acting and producing plans, and which of his movies he thinks deserves a second chance.
What was it about this film that hooked you in and made you want to do it?
"Susanne Bier's work I've always really enjoyed, she's just such a great filmmaker, she's very cool and very sexy, that always helps too. And the piece came to me with the title 'Bald Headed Hairdresser', which intrigued me. When »
★★★★☆ In Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør, 2012), a sun-kissed Mediterranean locale plays hosts to the upcoming nuptials of a good-looking, twentysomething couple, whilst Pierce Brosnan crops up as the father of one of the young lovers. Rest assured - this isn't some kind of cynical, cash-grabbing Mamma Mia! (2008) continuation, but instead the work of celebrated Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. And what an irresistibly intoxicating yarn she has crafted, managing to coax a career-best turn from the aforementioned ex-Bond, plus a spirited and extremely appealing central performance from previous collaborator, Trine Dyrholm.
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- CineVue UK
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