A strange outcome, this is. Not unique in any significant way (social message, cinematography, acting -all more than adequate), it is thoroughly enganging. Although, as other reviewers pointed out, it verges on a refined soap opera, its ultimate human drama and the sheer relevance of its subject-matter cuts across class and gender barriers and high-growth North/low-growth South. Maudlin at points, yet it has merits.
A touching story and brilliant acting. Yet, the portrayal of the integrity of the main character linked to his unconditionally devotedness and unlimited kindness at orphanage in India (Yes- Third-world country) is simply a popular cliche which does not seem very pleasant.
De film en film, avec une bienheureuse obstination et une rare opiniâtreté, embrasée d'un étonnant style cinématographique (une lumineuse proximité de gros plans évidents et l'antienne bienvenue d'une caméra- ballet tourbillonnante) Susanne Bier nous délivre une oeuvre hautement personnelle, toujours étonnante, désormais essentielle... www.cinefiches.com
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.
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. 3.5/5
La Bier mette in scena un film bellissimo, in cui durante tutta la prima ora costruisce un intrico di relazioni che, pian piano, va a districarsi nell'ora successiva. Cosa può comprare il denaro? Tutto, perfino gli ideali, i valori e soprattutto il passato e il futuro di un uomo che, in nome del presente e degli affetti ritrovati è capace di mettere in dubbio tutto quello in cui crede. Mads è un grande.
Why would a millionaire craft a careful plan to sabotage his family and help the guy whom he should envy the most? The film began itself by posing such a puzzling question then spending its latter half to explain it. The answer may be predictable, but it makes you care, and that is important.