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Love Is All You Need (2012)

Den skaldede frisør (original title)
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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.

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Ida
Stina Ekblad ...
Female Doctor
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Patrick
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Astrid
Ciro Petrone ...
Alessandro
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Marco
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Line Kruse ...
Bitten
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Benedikte
Birthe Neumann ...
Wiebe
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Leif
Christiane Schaumburg-Müller ...
Thilde
Bodil Jørgensen ...
Vibe
Christiane Rohde
Anne O. Pagh
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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

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The thing started when everything was over. [Swedish DVD.]

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for brief sexuality, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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6 September 2012 (Denmark)  »

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Love Is All You Need  »

Box Office

Budget:

€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,746 (USA) (3 May 2013)

Gross:

$1,631,306 (USA) (27 September 2013)
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Third collaboration between actress Paprika Steen and director Susanne Bier. See more »

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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 »

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Yet another triumph for Susanne Bier
11 September 2013 | by (Tucson) – See all my reviews

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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