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After the Wedding (2006)

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgård, more...
Director: Susanne Bier, Susanne Bier
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Studio: Ifc
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 119 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A multi-millionaire wants to know how much his money can really buy in this drama from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Though born and raised in Denmark, Jacob Peterson (Mads Mikkelsen) has made a life for himself in India, where he runs an orphanage for homeless children. While Jacob cares little for money, raising funds is part of the responsibilities of his position, and when he learns that Jørgan (Rolf Lassgård), a wealthy Danish businessman, is willing to donate four million dollars under the condition that he meet with him in person, Jacob grudgingly hops a flight back home. Once in Denmark, Jørgan insists that Jacob attend the wedding of his daughter the next day; at the celebration he meets Jørgan's wife, Helene (Sidse Babett Knudsen), whom he recognizes as someone he knew many years ago. As Jacob finds himself revisiting a past he would prefer to forget, he discovers that Jørgan has an ulterior motive for bringing him to Denmark -- the wealthy man is in poor health, and while the donation will help ease some of his guilt over a life of avarice, he's also looking for someone to take over as Helene's husband after he dies. Efter Brylluppet (aka After the Wedding) received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

After the Wedding by EDriscoll June 11, 2008 - 6:32 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I recently watched thjs film from Denmark and found it refreshingly honest, with an interesting plot. The story is a poignant one, on one side a man who has made his life in India, helping homeless children. and being specially fond of one eight year old who is essentially the son he never had.
He needs money for the orphanage he has founded and finds he must go back to Denmark to receive a big donation from a wealthy Danish businessman. He there meets the wife of the prospective donor, who turns out to be a woman who he had an affair with years ago in India.
The plot thickens, as he finds out that she has had his baby and that the donor has married her and given the child his name.
He then is invited to attend the wedding of the daughter the next day. The bride then discovers her groom's infidelity right after the wedding.
To add to this shock, she discovers the identity of her real father.
As you can see, this is complicated , but it is handled so well that you can believe this as a true story.
Go see this movie and enjoy good acting with a good story.

Family Drama for the mature 30 or over-40 year old by LPhillips October 9, 2007 - 7:24 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If you've lived 30 or 40 years (or more) you realize that people are wholly imperfect and can make bad decisions, sometimes decisions that haunt them forever. "After the Wedding" was well-acted, well-directed, and ambitious in the scope of what it chose to do. In providing a global perspective for a family drama, "After the Wedding" allows the viewer to vicariously experience the process of reconciliation in all of its clumsiness and courage. The actors gave it all they had in portraying people forced to confront their past and their future. The young actress playing the 'bride' convinced four of us that we were witnessing a 'real' person move through a personal and familial crisis, coming to a mature place of connection, love, and acceptance in the end. This movie would be great for a group or family to watch together and then discuss.

Piling It On Again by talltale July 15, 2007 - 12:11 PM PDT
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful
There are not that many woman film directors on the international scene (though there are plenty more than we have here in the good old USA), and so it distresses me to have to post yet another bum review of yet another bum film by Susanne Bier. I had hoped, because this one managed one of the five Best Foreign Film slots for 2006 (and BFF nominees are ususally worthwhile) that there might be an uptick in Ms Bier's quality. But no, this movie, after her "Open Hearts" and "Brothers" is even more packed with coincidence and can-you-top-this trauma.

If the writer/director were only to use about half of the plot twists and devices she comes up with to drag her characters--and us--thru her paces, it would help. But she piles it on throughout to the point where I want to run screaming for the nearest exit. That her cast includes the wonderfully versatile Mads Mikkelsen and Rolf Lassgard (who here often resembles our own Al Gore) makes the watch a bit more bearable. But, really, all Ms. Bier ever does is create soap opera and then convolute it to the point of no return. As a stylist, she is given to using close-ups, particularly of eyes, that are both obvious and pointless. Surely AFTER THE WEDDING cannot be the best Denmark has to offer.

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