A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.
How far would decent human beings be willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust? With "A Second Chance", Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen have crafted another ... See full summary »
It tells the story of a duck man Lin and his adopted daughter Hsiao-yue. Hsiao-yue know nothing about her real descent, which Lin have been keeping secret from her. But one day, someone appear and change her life..
A Danish woman, Ida (Trine Dyrholm), who has just finished her cancer treatments, walks in on her suffering husband in bed with his young co-worker. She travels alone to their daughter's wedding, which is to take place in Italy, but meets the father of the groom, Philip (Pierce Brosnan), and immediately makes a bad first impression. At the seaside villa where Philip once lived with his wife, conflicts arise not least between the soon-to-be newlyweds. But first impressions fade, and Ida may find her chance for another life. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
When Philip tells Benedikte what he really thinks of her, two of his front-side shots show him standing with his left shoulder angled towards her, while in all other shots his right shoulder is in front. See more »
I don't understand what all the kvetching about. This is a terrific film, which few American directors could have made. Susan Bier knows the complexities and nuances of family life and conveys her knowledge joyfully, as usual.
If you liked After the Wedding, or Brothers (the original, Danish version) -- two other great Bier/Anders Thomas Jensen collaborations -- you may well be delighted by this film. Unfortunately, the knuckleheads who marketed the DVD in the U.S. decided on a vanilla title, rather than the literal "The Bald Hairdresser," which is far more intriguing, and they designed the cover art to pitch the film as a romance. Italy! Sunshine! Geriatric romance! What a bunch of nonsense. This is a Susanne Bier film. It is about something.
Trine Dyrholm's performance as the complex Ida challenges Pierce Brosnan to keep up with her. The scene where Philip shows up at Ida's hair salon to ask for a haircut caught me off guard, then Bier and Jensen surprised me again when, after she's begun to grow her own hair back, Ida asks Philip to sit with her while she opens her letter.
The script is great. It's a bit like Vinterberg's The Celebration, with plenty of the drama, yet it is delivered with lighthearted affection and generosity. If you like The Bald Hairdresser, I mean Love Is All You Need, you might also like another great Danish director, Lone Scherfig's, work -- particularly "Italian For Beginners" and "Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself."
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