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After The Wedding [DVD] [2007]

Mads Mikkelsen , Rolf Lassgard , Susanne Bier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgard
  • Directors: Susanne Bier
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OFOSD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen; Casino Royale) 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..

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of 2007: NO: 06 11 Mar 2008
By Mr. F. E. Marioni VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
By reading the blurb on the back of the dvd one would be forgiven for finding the storyline completely uninspiring with huge potential for gross mellodrama. Fortunately Sussanne Bier has this incredible talent as a director to get the very very best from her actors which raise this film way above my initial expectations.
The story is of Jacob a manager of an orphanage in India who is sent to Copenhagen to get funding. Once there his past comes back to haunt him, to say anymore would be to give most of the suprises away which would be a shame as this is definately a film that benefits from knowing absolutely nothing about it.
Fabulous performances from the four main actors especially Mads Mikkelsen as Jacob and Stine Fischer Christensen as the Bride. What really impresses about this film is the direction which is absolutely perfect, filmed in a style that makes it feel very real. On more than one occasion I forgot I was watching a film with actors, this was mostly prevolent in one particularly memorable scene involving the mother and father of the bride where the father has recieved some bad news and is telling his wife. Filmed in their bedroom this felt more real than many reality tv shows.
To conclude this is World cinema at its brutal best involving some brilliant naturalistic performances, directed with aplomb by Bier. Superb.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Please, you owe the children that much" 6 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
It has been a long time since I was scared of writing a review, but this is one of those cases. This film is extraordinary, and therefore, I fear not being able to convey the extent of its qualities. Having said that, this is not a movie for everyone, since it develops at a slow pace and, in the typical fashion of Scandinavian movies, spends quite a bit of time contemplating the faces of the actors, in order to allow the viewer to understand their emotions. However, unless the pace is something that really bothers you, this is a movie that you cannot afford to miss.

Jacob is working in India helping homeless children, and in an effort to secure funds for his quest, sees himself forced to travel back home, to Denmark, to meet with the CEO of an important corporation. Upon his arrival, he meets this affable family man, Jorgen, who promptly asks him to stay over the weekend and attend his daughter's wedding. When Jacob sees Jorgen's wife, he realizes that he already knows her, and when a speech by the bride reveals unsettling information, things get complicated really fast. After that, emotions rise to the surface and we witness one of the most beautiful and moving stories I have seen in a long time.

This film not only has a wonderful plot as a backbone, but also counts with an astounding cast, all of whom play their roles to perfection, and excellent cinematography. The use of the cameras, especially with close-ups of the eyes when emotional scenes are developing, works perfectly. As if this was not enough, the little I know about Scandinavian culture was proficiently presented. I attended a friend's wedding in Sweden earlier this year and I was amazed at how similar this was to what they showed in the movie. I have always been a fan of Scandinavian productions, but this film is at a higher level than most. Simply brilliant!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 7 Sep 2008
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really couldn't do this film justice with a quick review so take my advice (and of all the other positive reviews) and go buy this dvd. Mads Mikkelsen is amazing as usual and it makes you wonder why he was given such a poor role in the last bond film. Without a doubt one of the best films to be made in the last few years. Ok, it's a vague review but the film is just so good!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation! 16 Mar 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For some time now I have been a great admirer of Scandanavian films,and TV series such as 'Wallander',and 'Forbrydelsen'('The Killing').
'After The Wedding' embodies all the best attributes of Scandanavian film making,in particular understated,but powerful,acting.
The cast,playing the main Danish characters,are uniformly excellent,but for me the highlight is a scene towards the end of the film in which Rolf Lassgard's performance is so intense it left me stunned.
Thoroughly recommended.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Go Home Again 1 April 2007
Format:DVD
Jacob, doing humanitarian work at an Indian children's refuge, (the erstwhile "Casino Royale" villain, Mads Mikkelsen) doesn't know what to think when his superior tells him that a prospective benefactor ( Rolf Lassgard in a heart wrenching performance as Jorgen) requires Jacob to return, after twenty years, to Denmark so that the refuge can receive a huge donation. So as much as Jacob dislikes the idea, and at this point we know not why, he returns to Denmark in Susanne Bier's remarkable, emotionally charged, sometimes even overwrought "After the Wedding."
Bier has composed this film in much the same way as a Verismo opera: scenes of confrontation, scenes of enlightenment, scenes of disclosure are piled one on top of the other as the film slithers insinuatingly towards its tragic yet redemptive denouement.
All of the main characters: Jacob, Jorgen, Jorgen's wife Helene (Sidse Babett Knudsen in a mature, sexy performance) and Helene and Jorgen's daughter, Anna (Stine Fischer Christiansen: young, fresh, committed) are transformed, turned around and pointed in another direction psychically and physically by film's end due to the catastrophic upheavals that they endure during the course of this amazing film. Bier is dealing with Melodrama here, with a capital "M." Melodrama done up right: not as a joke but as serious and humane as the Master's of this genre: Almodovar and Douglas Sirk ("Written on the Wind") to name a couple.
Mikkelsen's Jacob, due in a large part to Mikkelsen's hang-dog, stoic physical appearance, is an empty vessel at the beginning of this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Predictable tosh.
Published 9 days ago by E. C. Cullingham
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
VERY disappointing after all the great reviews.

The story is maudlin, predictable, and completely unbelievable; and it takes itself so seriously that it practically begs... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Love and who needs who in life and what do we need in life. We all get distracted by what we persue, two mem perusing opposite dreams. Loving the same woman. And more
Published 2 months ago by Julian Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Thoroughly recommended, with a slow start and unexpected twist, very emotional and good ending. Mads delivers a complex character with his usual cool.
Published 5 months ago by A. T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, that me and my parents enjoyed.
I think this film is more for the older audience, though I enjoyed somewhat.

It can be a bit slow at times, but it made me watch it until the end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason W
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, Intelligent Tale
I confess to buying this film solely for the wonderful Mads Mikkelsen but the film was gripping from the outset. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charlie101
4.0 out of 5 stars Foreign films are so good
this is a good story well told - the scene moves between India and Denmark and though slow in places, the whole story is well knitted together.
Published 10 months ago by S. Snailum
5.0 out of 5 stars After the Wedding
This was a delightful film and everything I have come to expect from these excellent actors. It was good to see Rolf Lassgard in a role other than the grouchy Wallender. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously affecting; deeply human
I may be getting too sentimental in my old age but this film was so touching that I actually cried through quite a bit of it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dennis Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Biel
Much better than Haevnen and that is saying something. A fantastic story and so well acted. While everyone has told me to watch Haevnen I now have to tell them to watch this... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tony Moody
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