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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 »

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