Nov. 9 Love Is All You Need
Dir: Susanne Bier Denmark, 2012
English, Danish with subtitles 110 minutes
Principal Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia.
Returning from her final, successful chemotherapy treatment, Ida arrives home only to find her boorish husband Leif in a compromising position with a ditzy co-worker. Stricken, she takes off to Sorrento alone to attend the wedding of her daughter Astrid to Patrick in a beautiful Italian villa, where lemon groves and cypress trees form the perfect backdrop for a young couple who appear to be blissfully in love.
Unexpectedly, Leif arrives with his new paramour in tow. Ida’s reaction does little to impress Patrick’s no-nonsense father Philip, a dashing but brooding widower who seems less than pleased with his life, his son, and his soon-to-be in-laws. When the young couple’s future happiness is suddenly jeopardized, Ida and Philip are brought together to try to set things right—and find that life might have a second chance in store for them as well.
Bier’s films have always been marked by their outstanding ensemble casts, and this is no exception, being alternately Hilarious, touching and inspiring. Dyrholm invests Ida with energy, warmth and humour. Brosnan delivers a delightful performance as the staid Philip, while Paprika Steen is simply uproarious as Philip’s lustful sister-in-law.