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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

Third collaboration between actress Paprika Steen and Director Susanne Bier. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ida: I really don't understand why anybody will work for you. When... when you're so awful and stupid and not nice.
Philip: I pay him good money.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

That's Amore
Written by Harry Warren (as Warren) and Jack Brooks (as Brooks)
Performed by Dean Martin
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Wonderful Film
30 April 2013 | by scottieweissSee all my reviews

The brief preview I read of this film described it as an antidote to "shrill, soulless Hollywood romantic comedies" with the power to "restore your faith in the entire genre". I was unsure whether it would live up to such high praise, but decided to give it a go.

The film follows the story of Ida, a lovely lady recovering from chemotherapy and the antics of her unappreciative husband Leif. Separately we follow her daughter Astrid as she prepares to wed her fiancé Patrick in a beautiful secluded grove in Sorrento. But marriage is not portrayed in this film as a straightforward or predictable process, and hints of challenges soon begin to emerge, both for the engaged couple and for Ida herself.

My attention was gripped more than anything by the characters themselves. All confused to some degree, I found them likable to a person - even Leif, whose "activities" were less than admirable. Their hidden depths are revealed through their struggles. I'd like to give a special nod here to Pierce Brosnan's Philip. Emotionally constricted from the start, his defensiveness and wariness gradually ease to reveal a man of real depth and warmth.

The photography in this film is gorgeous, but there again, it's only important as the backdrop to the characters' personal development. It's also a very humorous film in places, and I found the two hours flew by. 10/10.


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