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After the Wedding (2006) More at IMDbPro »Efter brylluppet (original title)

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After the Wedding -- A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
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Mads Mikkelsen ... Jacob Pederson
Neeral Mulchandani ... Pramod, 8 year
Tanya Sharma ... Indisk Pige 1
Swini Khara ... Indisk Pige 2
Meenal Patel ... Mrs. Shaw
Vallabh Gada ... Suit No. 1
Hitesh Kotak ... Suit No. 2
Suhita Thatte ... Indisk Kvinde

Rolf Lassgård ... Jörgen Lennart Hansson
Dispesh Mistry ... Pramods Venner
Shivam Vichare ... Pramods Venner (as Shivam Vicha)
Frederik Gullits Ernst ... Martin Hansson
Kristian Gullits Ernst ... Morten Hansson

Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Helene Hansson
Mona Malm ... Farmor (Grandmother)
Nimesh G. Mehta ... Børnehuemsassistent
Henrik Larsen ... Chauffeur

Julie R. Ølgaard ... Hotel girl

Christian Tafdrup ... Christian Refner
Neel Rønholt ... Mille
Anne Fletting ... Secretary

Stine Fischer Christensen ... Anna Hansson
Ida Dwinger ... Annette
Jonatan Spang ... Bryllupschauffør (as Jonathan Spang)
Claus Flygare ... Wedding Chauffeur
Erni Arneson ... Tanter
Marie-Louise Coninck ... Ældre dame
Rita Angela ... Ældre dame
Thomas Voss ... Young waiter
Troels II Munk ... Head Waiter (as Troels II Munk)

Henning Jensen ... Man, birthday
Niels Anders Thorn ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samir Di Johansson ... Lawyer (uncredited)
David Petersen ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Susanne Bier 
Writing credits
Susanne Bier (story) &
Anders Thomas Jensen (story)

Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)

Produced by
Anne Katrine Andersen .... post-production producer
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Gillian Berrie .... co-producer
Gunnar Carlsson .... co-producer
Peter Garde .... executive producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer
Original Music by
Johan Söderqvist 
Cinematography by
Morten Søborg 
Film Editing by
Pernille Bech Christensen 
Morten Højbjerg 
Casting by
Lene Seested 
Production Design by
Søren Skjær 
Set Decoration by
Rasmus Flensborg  (as Rasmus Kjær Flensborg)
Morten Rosenmeier 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
Makeup Department
Anette Baymler Madsen .... makeup artist assistant
Tine Buch .... makeup artist assistant
Dennis Knudsen .... makeup artist
Tina Kristoffersen .... makeup artist assistant
Charlotte Laustsen .... makeup department head
Santosh Mane .... makeup artist: India
Helle Birk Møller .... makeup artist assistant
Bettina Ranch .... makeup artist assistant
Lili Malene Rasmussen .... makeup artist
Bjørg Serup .... makeup artist
Ruby Shekh .... hair dresser: India
Production Management
Amrit Gangar .... production manager: India
Ingrid Kofoed .... production manager
Caroline Gjedde Poulsen .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lakshmipriya Devi .... second assistant director
Joakim Höglund .... first assistant director
Mette Kjærgaard .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paresh Daru .... props manager: India
Søren Jochumsen .... carpenter
Christina Lorentz .... assistant props
Louise Lönborg .... props
Vicki Møllgaard .... set dresser
Tine Hieronymus Nielsen .... property master
Sune Saabye .... props
Sound Department
Joseph Adorisio II .... audio layback
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound designer
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Jens Bønding .... foley recordist
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Christian Lund .... sound (as Christian H. Lund)
Henning Zolon Mortensen .... sound assistant (as Henning Mortensen)
Kasper Munck-Hansen .... sound assistant
John Nielsen .... boom operator
Eddie Simonsen .... sound designer
Eddie Simonsen .... sound
Visual Effects by
Thomas Caspersen .... visual effects
Michael Holm .... visual effects
Justin Legg .... visual effects
Alexander Marthin .... visual effects
Mads Nybo Jørgensen .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Ciupek .... camera consultant
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
Jesper Find .... first assistant camera
Thue Garde .... assistant camera (as Thue Garde Finnich)
Stine Hein .... electrician
Hanesh Jadhaw .... video assistant: India
Ole Kragh-Jacobsen .... still photographer
Franz-Xaver Kringer .... first assistant camera (as Xaver Kringer)
Jeppe Lassen .... grip
Valdemar Winge Leisner .... clapper loader (as Valdemar Cold Winge)
Morten Nybø .... electrician (as Morten Nyboe)
Otto Stenov .... gaffer
Casting Department
Amrit Gangar .... casting: India
Jette Termann .... casting: children
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne-Dorte Krog .... costume assistant
Urmilla Lal Motwani .... wardrobe supervisor: India
Louize Nissen .... costume assistant
Signe Sejlund .... costumer
Editorial Department
Sune F. Andersen .... assistant editor
Stefan Ciupek .... digital colorist
Gregers Dohn .... trailer editor
Peter Ferrari .... color grader
Rasmus Gitz .... assistant editor (as Rasmus Gitz-Johansen)
Stine Meldgaard Madsen .... post-production coordinator
Thomas Sabinsky .... assistant editor
Location Management
Lennart Bengtsson .... location manager
Lennart Bengtsson .... location scout
Amrit Gangar .... location scout: India
Uday Shetty .... location manager: India
Kim Scott Sutherland .... location manager (as Kim Sutherland)
Music Department
Jon Thor Birgisson .... composer: additional music (as Sigur Rós)
Orri P. Dyrason .... composer: additional music (also as Sigur Rós) (as Orri Páll Dýrason)
Niels W. Gade .... composer: additional music
Georg Holm .... composer: additional music (also as Sigur Rós) (as Georg Hólm)
Mikkel Maltha .... music coordinator
Joakim Milder .... music editor
James Shearman .... conductor (as James Sherman)
James Sherman .... music editor
Sigur Rós .... composer: additional music
Kjartan Sveinsson .... composer: additional music (as Sigur Rós)
Paul Talkington .... music editor
Paul Talkington .... music supervisor
Didier Viseux .... performer: additional music
Other crew
Henrik Agermann .... banking
Thea Slouborg Andersen .... intern
Susanne Bille .... public relations officer: press
Kalyan Chheda .... production assistant: India
Carrie Comerford .... production executive: UK
Linda Daae .... continuity
Arvind Dave .... assistant to first assistant director
Lars Dela .... technical consultant
Anna Duffield .... assistant to co-producer
Yvonne Dunn .... lawyer
Kaushik Guha .... filming permissions
Christel Hammer .... public relations officer: press
Jeanett Hansen .... banking
Anna Sofie Hartmann .... runner (as Sofie Hartmann)
Frederik Honoré .... public relations officer: press
Anders Kjærhauge .... legal consultant
Ann Køj .... accountant
Michael E.N. Larsen .... translator: screenplay
Jan Lehmann .... public relations officer: press
Anita Juel Lystbæk .... extras coordinator
Keith Mait .... laboratory work
Mikkel Maltha .... legal consultant
Christian Mørk .... translator
Louise Odgaard Nielsen .... production assistant
Jesper Priisholm .... intern
Mads Rahbæk .... runner
Ann Vognsen .... accountant
Sarah Wells .... accountant: UK
Paul Wilson .... title designer: Yellow1

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Also Known As:
"Efter brylluppet" - Denmark (original title)
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Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality
120 min
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Did You Know?

At a showing at a film festival in Estonia, two of the reels had been switched by a mistake, making a part of the film out of place. Apparantly the majority of the audience didn't notice and was generally very enthusiastic about the movie despite the narrative being mixed up.See more »
Continuity: When the couple gets married, the rings are placed on the fingers, but no visible in scenes post marriage. The customs in Denmark may be different, but throughout the film, wedding bands, rings, etc. migrate from hand to hand (wedding band on the right hand for women, left for men), and also disappear.See more »
Jørgen Lennart Hannson:Every acquaintance, every friend, every person who has a place in your heart, Iit is the time with them that really means something. Nothing else matters.See more »
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Secrets Secrets are so much Fun, 25 March 2010
Author: slimtoad20 from United States

Who said secrets aren't fun? Susanne Bier's After The Wedding reveals a deliciously profound and emotionally-impacting conundrum that draws the audience into the story early on. As a film technique, Bier's method of storytelling is effectively engaging. In fact, it's the director's ability to manipulate our emotions as viewers that makes this film so wonderfully unique. With the inclusion of a cross-cultural perspective not typically seen in Nordic film, After the Wedding is one of the more important films to emerge from Denmark in recent years.

One distinct aspect of the film is its use of raw emotion, a factor rarely seen to this extent in traditional Hollywood films. Much of this quality can be attributed to the film's actors and actresses. Mads Mikkelsen does a superb job playing Jacob, a man who's past roots entwine with the other characters in the film more heavily than he previously assumed. Situated in India, Jacob leaves for Copenhagen to meet with a wealthy man named Jorgen, played by Rolf Lassgård, to receive financial aid. To help get accustomed to Jacob and facilitate his trust, Jorgen invites Jacob to his daughter's wedding that evening. While there, the audience learns of a particular secret that turns out to be an emotional bombshell for both Jacob other members of the wedding.

The film really shines in its use of emotion to drive the story. Indeed, the most powerful moments of the film do take place after the titular wedding. Jacob, who was previously committed to returning to India to partake in his surrogate son's 8th birthday, must make difficult choices in lieu of the truths revealed at the wedding. Jorgen's wife Helene, played by Sidse Babett Knudsen, must conflict with her husband's consistent nondisclosure of the truth. Jorgen's daughter Anna, Stine Fischer Christensen, learns many of the hardships of marriage and commitment. Each of these instances are linked with a particularly poignant and powerful scene that draws the audience into the situation. One scene in particular pulls at our heartstrings, as we uncomfortably watch the previously indomitable Jorgen collapse in a fit of weeping and screaming. Bier manages to successfully make the audience empathize with the characters in the story, a difficult task and something not common in Hollywood convention.

Another element where After The Wedding succeeds is in the portrayal of cross-cultural experiences. Jacob's character is defined by his commitment to social justice. His motivations are clear from the beginning - he desires additional funding for his orphanage. After the wedding, when facts change, Jacob's moral obligations keep him in Denmark to continue doing the morally right thing. Without revealing too much of the film's plot, Jacob evolves into a morally capable character who satisfies the role he was presented. As it turns out, there is a strong Scandinavian presence in many social projects across the globe. It was refreshing to see this illustrated in Jacob's character.

The film also utilized unique techniques to achieve its desired emotional response. Many of the tense moments employ a cinematographic technique where the camera zooms in on a character's eyes with a shallow focus. While not practical from a storytelling standpoint, the viewer is immediately linked to the deeper thoughts and emotions of the character by focusing on the eye. Some say the eye is the gateway into the soul, and Bier clearly understood this concept. Another technique that impacts our emotions is the use of unusual jump cuts within the same shot. Often, Bier will reveal emotion by showing instead of telling. These jarring cuts indicate that something is wrong without explicitly stating it though dialogue. One could make the argument that this style of film-making is unique to Beir as a female director. It's interesting to witness character development through a female lens as opposed to the traditional masculine one. More time is spent on character relationships and action implications than a Hollywood film, which would either spend the time attempting to add humor or driving the plot forward with melodramatic instances.

After The Wedding is unlike other films in that it manages to hook the viewer in an emotionally engaging way. Through its unusual but effective camera and editing tricks, refreshingly realistic perspectives of Scandinavian archetypes and a compelling storyline, Susanne Bier has produced a wonderful piece. Don't let this film be a secret.

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