After the Wedding

After the Wedding is the latest film from Susanne Bier, who also directed Open Hearts and Brothers. This one stars Mads Mikkelsen as Jacob, who runs an orphanage in India. The orphanage needs money, and he learns of a possible donor in Copenhagen (Denmark), where he’s from but doesn’t seem keen to return to. But for the good of the children, he agrees to go.

In Denmark Jacob meets with Jørgen, a very rich man. Since Jacob has no one else to see in town, Jørgen invites him to come out to the (large) house in the country for the weekend, whereJørgen’s daughter Anna is getting married. We also meet Jørgen’s pretty younger wife Helene, and their two young sons.

This is a Danish film, so revelations are made and difficult emotions are bared. I won’t reveal any more of the plot to avoid spoiling the surprises, but I will recommend that you not form an opinion about anything or anyone too quickly. The acting is all excellent, and it is no suprise to me that this film was nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar®. While I would definitely pick Pan’s Labyrinth over this one, I would have a harder time deciding the relative ranking of this one with The Lives of Others (which won the Oscar).

I’ll give it 3.5 stars out of 4 stars.

Seen 5/3/2007.

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