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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
After directing a series of intense dramas, including the Oscar-winning In a Better World, Susanne Bier turns her lens on a romantic comedy. While the setting (an Italian villa!), situation (a family wedding!) and soundtrack (“That’s Amore”!) of the blandly titled Love Is All You Need are clichéd staples of the genre, the Danish helmer and her frequent writing partner Anders Thomas Jensen bring both gravity and a light touch to an otherwise familiar narrative. »
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
What’s up with those crazy Danish filmmakers and their compulsion to pile it on? The latest from Oscar-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier (“In A Better World”) is like watching a long game of Jenga. As every sub plot, reveal and character… err, caricature that is, gets stacked on top of each other, the more inevitable it is that the whole thing will come tumbling down. And while “Love is All You Need” is by no means a disaster, it simply can’t support all that weight. The foundation is built upon a familiar romantic comedy fixture: a wedding. Early in the film, we see soon-to-be newlyweds Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) and Patrick (Sebastian Jessen) roaming around a beautifully rustic Italian villa that is to be the setting for their special day. And before this plot rundown goes any further, it has to be noted that the film’s location is its highlight. »
- Erik McClanahan
Previously announced Palme d'Or recipient Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair, The Hunt) is joined by Eva Green (Casino Royale, Dark Shadows), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Red Dawn, Eric Cantona (Looking for Eric), Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Douglas Henshall (The Eagle), Michael Raymond-James (True Blood, Jack Reacher) and Jonathan PrycePirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, Hysteria, G.I. Joe Retaliation) among others for The Salvation.
The film has just begun an 8-week shoot on location in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paying tribute to the classic western with inspiration from the Nordic sagas, The Salvation takes place in the 1870s America. When settler John kills his family's murderer, he unleashes the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue. Betrayed by his corrupt and cowardly community, the peaceful pioneer must turn vengeful hunter, slay the outlaws, and cleanse the town's black heart. The Salvation »
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
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
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
The film-maker on being unashamedly romantic, her tomboy upbringing and why she's proud to be Danish
A member of the Danish Dogme group, Susanne Bier received her first Oscar nomination for her 2006 film, After the Wedding. She went on to make Things We Lost in the Fire with Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. But it was In a Better World that established Bier as an international star. The film won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign language film in 2011.
Isn't it daring to make a comedy, Love is All You Need, where the lead character is in recovery from breast cancer?
Yes, this movie is about a woman who consistently chooses to see things in a light and cheerful manner. There is an undercurrent of fear and sadness but, because she is not prepared to let it come to the surface, the movie won't let it happen. »
- Liz Hoggard
Based on the novel by Helen Schulman, the story begins when a salacious video sent to tenth grader named Jake goes viral. His family is soon embroiled in a digital scandal which threatens to destroy them.
Schulman is writing the screenplay for the film which will be privately funded.
Source: Killer Films »
- Garth Franklin
Danish director Susanne Bier is attached to direct the upcoming big screen adaptation of Helen Schulman‘s novel This Beautiful Life! In a Better World helmer has signed on to direct a story for our times for Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media, which means that we’ll soon have a chance to watch an intelligent, complex, but at its core, emotional and universal movie. So far – so good! Killer and Glass Elevator have joined with a group of private investors to develop the feature film. Bier will direct the whole thing from a script written by Helen Schulman, which is described as a devastating, clear-eyed...
- Jeanne Standal
Susanne Bier is quite simply the greatest female director to have ever walked the planet, in fact she’s probably in my Top 10 Directors Of All Time list. With films such as Open Hearts, After The Wedding and In A Better World under her belt any project Bier takes on is one that deserves great attention. Bier will direct an adaptation of the novel This Beautiful Life by the author Helen Schulman. The film will take on one of Bier’s most explored themes of a family on the verge of destruction. This time that destruction takes the form of a scandalous video that goes viral after being sent to 15 year old son of the family.
Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media are producing the film along with some private investors. Schulman will adapt her own book into screenplay form. President of Killer Films, Pam Koffler, had this to say »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
“Love Is All You Need,” the light rom-com from Susanne Bier (“In A Better World”), comes out late in the spring and Sony Picture Classics has just released a new, domestic theatrical trailer online for all of us to see. Bier had developed quite the reputation over the years for sobering dramas such as “Open Hearts” and “After the Wedding,” but here she has taken a much lighter detour, giving us a beautiful look of Southern Italy along the way. The film stars Pierce Brosnan and Danish actress Trine Dyrholm. Dyrholm plays Ida, a hairdresser who successfully finishes her treatment for breast cancer, then comes home to find her husband’s cheating on her. In the meantime, Ida’s daughter is about to get married in Southern Italy. She winds up bumping into the groom’s father, Philip, (Brosnan) along the way, a man who’s just gotten over the tragic death of his wife. »
- Ken Guidry
Following his turn as James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, actor Pierce Brosnan hasn't really found any strong roles. Though The Ghost Writer is a high point from the past decade, other than that, Brosnan has been struggling for great roles and turning in less than stellar performances. Maybe that will change as he stars in Danish director Susanne Bier's (In a Better World) new drama Love is All You Need, where he plays a bitter widower who may find love with his son's future bride's mother (Trine Dyrholm). Looks like it could be pretty charming. Watch it below! Here's the trailer for Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need originally from Yahoo: Philip (Pierce Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Trine Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from chemotherapy, »
- Ethan Anderton
Subtitles are, unfortunately, a deal breaker for far too many filmgoers. Call them unadventurous, unable to adapt, or just plain lazy, but it’s the truth. And while it’s true that some foreign films can be laborious if you don’t have a working knowledge of what they’re trying to do, the culture they were created in, or a particular affinity for the filmmaker or actors, there are more than enough others that are as good, if not better, than many English language films. Great cinema is great cinema, no matter what the language.
However, if you’re not sold on foreign language films, here are five superb contemporary foreign filmmakers that will hopefully change your mind. While there are plenty of other foreign masters who primarily work in the English language these days (Herzog, von Trier, etc.), the names on this list almost always do their work in a foreign tongue. »
- David Braga
BBC Four has announced two new international drama acquisitions for 2013.
Swedish crime series Arne Dahl - based on a collection of five novels - revolves around a tight-knit team of elite specialists who investigate the dark side of society.
Four-part Italian drama Inspector Da Luca - which charts the exploits of its "brutal", "uncompromising" lead character in Bologna - has also been acquired.
Watch a promo reel for BBC Four's new international film and drama acquisitions below:
"These acquisitions are part of BBC Four's on-going mission to give viewers an excuse to stay in on a Saturday night by offering an entertaining alternative to Saturday television viewing," said Richard Klein, Controller of BBC Four.
"Arne Dahl continues in the tradition of The Killing and Wallander in portraying a social hinterland through the prism of the day-to-day of police investigation; and Inspector Da Luca is a clever and hugely entertaining drama »
Channel hopes Intercrime will match the success of The Killing and Borgen – but insists it is not obsessed with Scandinavia
It was credited with prompting knitwear trends, a growth in Copenhagen tourism and even an influx of Danish comedy. Now, despite the final episodes of The Killing airing earlier this year, BBC4 is banking on Britain's love of Scandinavian TV showing no signs of flagging.
This time, however, it is Swedish crime drama that is at the heart of the digital channel's new European acquisitions, with five two-part adaptations of Arne Dahl's novels expected to reach screens later this spring in the channel's now established Saturday night subtitled drama slot.
Further series of hits The Bridge and Borgen are also confirmed to return to the channel, albeit not until next winter.
Five stories from the Intercrime series by Dahl – a pseudonym of Swedish novelist and literary critic Jan Arnold »
- Vicky Frost
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