Overly schematic and reductive; and yes, of course, Bier's fondness for scenes of damaged white saviors receiving the adoration of the Third World poor is uneasy-making at best, but I can't deny that I kind of liked all the extreme eyeballery, nor that I did a lot of crying. I may even have had a mild catharsis in there. But that Sigur Ros album, (), which I hadn't heard in years, might've brought that on by itself.
I love Mads ♥ although he never looked quite credible in this role to me, in fact the whole film never felt quite credible. Bit of an overwrought melodrama but its heart was in the right place...I guess 3/5
Good script, but why such melodramathic scenes? I like Jorgen's character though. At the first sight, you think he s just an arrogant human being, but as you watch, you realize that he s man who is willing to do everything for his family. Its a good movie, but i think the director did overweight a lot in drama.
AFTER THE WEDDING is an impeccably crafted and initially Ibsenesque drama with all over excellent performances. What surprised me by the end of the second act is how much the story turns out to be overridden by circumstances. The film seems to convey a morally obvious status quo and never genuinely challenges the viewer. Also devoid of any humor or madness, it's simply best described as a gourmet soap opera.
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.