After the Wedding [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
If you like an intelligent, semi-art house venture into depth of feeling, emotion and life experience you should like After The Wedding.
I was hooked from the start where our introspective thoroughly laudable hero is living in India and running an inpoverished orphanage. He is summoned to Denmark with the promise of riches galore for his project, where his past catches up with him with massive personal implications.
Gut wrenchingly emotional in parts, this is a film that I know I will enjoy seeing again and again for many years to come and I highly recommend it.
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Movie about profit exploitation and charity - simply POVERTY of western men.Published 9 months ago by Zdenek Hanzlik
A good film - interesting to the end. I enjoy subtitles, even on American films, but that may put some people off.Published 10 months ago by Jomell
Arrived really quickly, just as advertised and a fantastic film.Published 12 months ago by erica martin
This film just might be the best picture with Mads Mikkelsen, and he has done many very good films. The thing is, when he made this one, with an excellent cast brilliantly directed... Read morePublished 14 months ago by F. L. P. Souza
The film is O.K. I found it quite watchable but certainly one of the poorer Nordic films about.Published 16 months ago by Katie
I would give After The Wedding five stars for a few scenes of great emotional power, particularly those between the daughter and her father, and her... Read more