Jacob Pederson has dedicated his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he heads is threatened by closure, he receives an unusual offer. A Danish businessman, Jørgen, offers him a donation of $4 million dollars. There are, however, certain conditions… Not only must Jacob return to Denmark, he must also take part in the wedding of Jørgen’s daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults Jacob into the most intense dilemma of his life. –IMDb
Director and occasional scriptwriter Susanne Bier essayed a series of helming assignments in her native Denmark during the late ‘90s and early 2000s, that clocked in as lucrative and popular enough to kick-start a highly respectable career for the filmmaker. Though Bier’s credits officially date back to 1992, she achieved her first significant breakthrough in 1999, when she directed The One and Only — a well-received romantic comedy about dating, marriage, child-rearing, and adultery. That film reportedly grossed a heftier amount than any picture in Danish history; a follow-up, the Dogme 95 drama Open Hearts (2002), brought Bier her first international crossover hit and paved the way for much additional success. Shot according to Lars von Trier’s hyper-ascetic filmmaking rules, it told of two couples whose lives become hopelessly and tragically enmeshed following a severe automobile accident. Bier’s Danish-language drama Brothers(2004) explored the feud that… read more
I'm in the middle of the movie now and I feel the need to warn potential viewers: skip this one, it is a bad movie, really. Everything is so contrived, was the script written by Martians? Did they have a chance of observing humans closely once? On top of that -- meaningless closeups (the EYE!) and "emotional" music from time to time.
Perhaps the first half hour of the film is a little dry, uneventful and almost tiresome, but soon after, the story picks up and takes turn after emotional turn. I found myself crying buckets for every main character within the film, because each one had to deal with enormous amounts of pain. The story is simple yet emotionally complex, and Susanne Bier is a very interesting director, after all.