Sunday, July 20, 2008

After the Wedding

Susanne Bier's Efter Bryluppet is a gripping drama of family secrets. It starts off as the story of Jacob Pederson, an aid worker whose orphanage in Mumbai is in serious need of a fat donation. He returns to Denmark after a twenty-year absence in order to meet Jørgen, a billionaire hotelier who may perhaps provide the necessary injection of cash, but first wants him to come along to his daughter's wedding.

The scope of the story then expands to include the existential interests of Jørgen, his wife and his daughter and loses some of its focus along the way, but the performances from Rolf Lassgård and Mads Mikkelson in particular are captivating to the end.

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