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Den skaldede frisør (2012)

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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.

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writers:

Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay), Susanne Bier (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trine Dyrholm ... Ida
Stina Ekblad ... Female Doctor
Sebastian Jessen ... Patrick
Molly Blixt Egelind ... Astrid
Ciro Petrone ... Alessandro
Marco D'Amore ... Marco
Pierce Brosnan ... Philip
Line Kruse Line Kruse ... Bitten
Paprika Steen ... Benedikte
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ... Wiebe
Kim Bodnia ... Leif
Christiane Schaumburg-Müller Christiane Schaumburg-Müller ... Thilde
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Vibe
Christiane Rohde Christiane Rohde
Anne O. Pagh Anne O. Pagh
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Storyline

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.] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Italy | France | Germany

Language:

English | Danish | Italian

Release Date:

6 September 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is All You Need See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DKK 6,833,458 (Denmark), 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,746, 5 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,631,306, 29 September 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,822,266, 8 September 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is the second time Pierce Brosnan spoke danish in a movie. The first time being in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) (1997). See more »

Goofs

The female doctor in the opening scene asks Ida to consider a breast reconstruction, because one of her breast has been removed, but she turns the proposal down. Later Ida is swimming in the nude and when she emerges from the sea, it is obvious that she does not miss any of her breast. See more »

Quotes

Ida: If I were you, I would get that credit card back before it's too late. You just bought me a very expensive dress.
Philip: Oh. Have I? Good god.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Written by Patty S. Hill (as Hill) and Mildred J. Hill (as Hill)
© Warner Chappell Music Scandinavia
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And love is where you find it.....
27 December 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire, After the Wedding, Brothers) has come up with another touching and very real exploration of human feelings with LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED co-written with Anders Thomas Jensen. In a story that could have become Hallmarky, Bier is able to score with just the right amount of human need, sentiment and reality testing that makes this little film win.

In Denmark, a hairdresser – very significant occupation we'll find – named Ida (Trine Dyrholm) has just finished post mastectomy carcinoma treatments yet when she goes home to share the news with her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) en flagrante with a young chick form work and leaves her loutish husband to his life choices. Also living in Denmark is wealthy Englishman Phillip, a middle aged, estranged man still angry at the world for the loss of his wife, leaving him to raise his Patrick (Sebastian Jessen)? Patrick plans to marry Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) who happens to be the daughter of Ida. The fates of these two souls are about to intertwine as they embark for a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of Patrick and Astrid, to be staged in Philip's villa with the aid of his sister-in-law Benedikte (Paprike Steen) who has always had eyes for Philip, a thwarted romantic delusion. All eyes are on the wedding Patrick has meticulously planned but eventually takes a turn when Patrick finally admits his same sex feelings, and his thawing father falls in love with the emotionally fragile but captivating Ida. It's a story about seeking love and having the courage to change your life - even when you think it's too late.

So many threads to this story but Susanne Bier has tied them together nicely – not providing a Hollywood ending but leaving us with thoughts about how circumstances can alter the way we have been unsuccessfully viewing life.

Grady Harp


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