Wondering what to see at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival? Here is a selection of capsule reviews by Star movie critic Peter Howell, movie writer Linda Barnard and entertainment writers Bruce DeMara, Raju Mudhar and Tony Wong. Titles of recommended movies are preceded by a STAR. Find screening times and other festival information at tiff.net/thefestival.
[STAR Review] Love is All You Need: Denmark’s Oscar-winning Susanne Bier (In a Better World) turns Woody Allen for this Italy-set romantic comedy of love after rejection, even using (and overusing) Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” for its cheesy soundtrack. But there’s some real grit mixed with the treacle, and strong lead performances by Piers [sic] Brosnan as a workaholic and grumpy businessman, and Trine Dyrholm as the hairdresser who may just tame this lion’s mane. A big bonus is the gorgeous photography of its sun-drenched Sorrento locale. Peter Howell
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Surprised myself by falling under the spell of Pierce Brosnan in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
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Trine Durholm – Pierce Brosnan er fantastisk
01 september 2012
BILLED-BLADET mødte hele holdet bag Susanne Biers film "Den skaldede frisør" ved filmfestivalen i Venedig.
En skaldet og splitternøgen Trine Dyrholm blotter sig fuldstændig for Pierce Brosnan i Susanne Biers ny film ”Den skaldede frisør”, der søndag har verdenspremiere på filmfestivalen i Venedig.
Og det kunne hun gøre uden nervøsitet og blufærdighed, for den irsk-amerikanske verdensstjerne viste sig at være det sødeste menneske under optagelserne til kærlighedskomedien, der foregik i både Danmark og Italien.
Det fortalte Trine Dyrholm, da hun lørdag mødte den danske presse ved festivalpalæet på Lidoen i Venedig.
- Jeg var jo lidt nervøs over at skulle spille sammen med ham, men meget hurtigt blev det utroligt nok meget naturligt at være sammen med ham. Pierce er jo irer, han har europæiske rødder og er ufattelig humoristisk. Det gør, at det blev nemt at kommunikere, fortæller Trine Dyrholm, som i filmen møder alverdens modgang med brystkræft og en utro ægtemand. Alligevel ender hun i et livsbekræftende scenarie, da hun på vej til sin datters bryllup i Italien for første gang møder datterens tilkommende svigerfar, Pierce Brosnan, der er en bister enkemand, som stadig ruger over sin kones død i en trafikulykke for mange år siden. Så kan man selv regne ud, hvad der sker mellem de to..
- Pierce faldt meget hurtigt ind i jargonen på holdet, hvilket egentlig var mærkeligt i betragtning af, at han er på udebane på grund af sproget og arbejdsmetoden på et dansk filmset. Vi på holdet oplevede det vel, ligesom folk der ser filmen på lærredet. I starten skulle vi lige forholde os til denne berømthed, James Bond i danske omgivelser, men han blev mere og mere integreret i ensemblet, ligesom man i filmen hurtigt glemmer, hvem han er, siger Trine Dyrholm og slutter sin lovprisning af Pierce Brosnan med disse ord:
- Jeg ved godt, at alle siger, han er så sød og rar, men jeg oplever ham virkelig som et sjældent generøst menneske. Han er så åben med sit sind og giver bare slip på sig selv. Det var en stor oplevelse.
Læs mere om Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan og ”Den skaldede frisør” på filmfestivalen i Venedig i næste nummer af BILLED-BLADET.
Royal Dish met the whole team behind Susanne Bier's film "The bald hairdresser" at the Venice Film Festival.
A bald and naked Trine Dyrholm expose themselves completely to Pierce Brosnan in Susanne Bier's new film "The bald hairdresser" that Sunday has its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
And she could do without nervousness and modesty, the Irish-American world champion turned out to be the sweetest man on the set of love comedy, which took place in Denmark and Italy.
Said Trine Dyrholm when she met the Danish press Saturday at the festival palace on the Lido in Venice.
- I was a little nervous about having to play with him, but very quickly it became incredibly very natural to be with him. Pierce's memoirs, he has European roots and is incredibly humorous. This means that it was easy to communicate, says Trine Dyrholm, as in the film all sorts of adversity with breast cancer and an unfaithful husband. Yet she ends in an optimistic scenario, when she on the way to his daughter's wedding in Italy for the first time meets her daughter to come in-law, Pierce Brosnan, a gruff widower who still brooding over his wife's death in a car accident many years ago. So you can even figure out what's going on between the two ..
- Pierce fell very quickly into the jargon of the team, which was really strange considering that he is away from home because of the language and the way of working on a Danish film set. We on the team saw it well, and people who see the film on the canvas. In the beginning we should just deal with this celebrity, James Bond in Danish surroundings, but he became more and more integrated in the ensemble, just as in the movie quickly forgets who he is, says Trine Dyrholm and ends his praise of Pierce Brosnan with these words:
- I know that everyone says he's so sweet and nice, but I find him really a rare generous man. He is so open with his mind and gives just let go of themselves. It was a great experience.
Read more about Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan and "The bald hairdresser" at the Venice Film Festival in the next issue of Royal Dish.
The Irish actor Pierce Brosnan presented out of competition in the 69 Venice International Film Festival the film Den skaldede frisor (Love Is All You Need), a romantic film about redemption through the love for a woman and a man mature.
The tape, which oozes the spirit of Mediterranean of the movie Mamma Mia (2008) happiness, which also starred Brosnan, is directed by Danish Susanne Bier, winner of the globe of gold and the Oscar for the best film of non English-speaking in 2011 by In a Better World (in a better world). “I think that there are some similarities between this film and ‘Mamma mia’.” Both speak of love, family, weddings. But this film has a much more realistic aspect. The Irish actor “Speaks of our time much more,” said at the press conference for the presentation of the film in Venice. With his usual charm and appeal, the actor of 59 years, that has passed through the factory of Agent 007, Brosnan plays the role of Philip, a widower Executive who runs a company in Copenhagen and that changes life meet future political family of his son in the wedding in the South of Italy.
Sudden loss of his wife
Philip, which preserves emotional aftermath by the sudden loss of his wife in a car accident, is surprised by the arrival in his life of the call to be its consuegra, Ida, a cancer nurse embodied by the Danish Trine Dyrholm, and arriving at the wedding of his daughter in a complicated double time.
“If you read the script, you get”. You fall in love you of the words of the character, you leave the character to come to you. It is connected to my personal life. “I lost a woman sick with cancer and in this sense could know how was this man who has lost a woman tragically,” Brosnan said. “I’m in the middle of my life and we have to Philip who is in the middle of his life.” “There are many aspects that have attracted me and with which I can identify” of this character, added the actor, who explained that for him, the film speaks also “of hope, of faith and confidence” between a father and a son.
Italy, the stage
The plot of this story is mainly located in a villa of the Italian peninsula of Sorrento, which will serve as a stage for the spark between Philip and Ida, with a soundtrack of popular Italian songs that adorn this Mediterranean Love feast. “For me the character is a challenge, because I have never done a comedy before.” I’ve done much drama and this woman smiling, very much alive in body and mind, very feminine, was a different thing from the point of view of my interpretation. It has been a challenge. “It is a very beautiful character,” said Dyrholm.
“Pierce Brosnan has much charm, is bright and fun”. I was nervous about it, because it is a star, but from the first test took me by the hand and looked me in the eyes and recited. And this I completely relaxed. “Then all the women of the set fell in love with him”, he added. Bier, who trust the protagonist, Dyrholm again introduces the component of the cancer that is being treated Ida as a decisive element so that it give a twist to your hairdresser routine and enjoy even more of the quality of life that can offer a villa with lemon on the Italian coast in this production of Denmark and Sweden.
VENICE 69 "Mine is just a love story with a comic side very pronounced." Meeting with Susanne Bier and the cast of Love is all you need.
Enthusiastically received by the press, the all-new comedy Love is all you need, the Danish director Susanne Bier, will be presented to the public this evening at the Lido, in the Out of Competition. To accompany the film, as well as the director, screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, actress Trine Dyrholm and charming Pierce Brosnan.
Over the years we have become accustomed to his emotional dramas. When and how did the idea of making a comedy?
Bier: Ever since I started my collaboration with Jensen had in mind to do a comedy, a film that knew laugh. To achieve that we have not invented anything new, in fact we worked as we always have. In my previous dramas were always the comic elements are often concentrated in the secondary characters. This time we did the opposite: we started from a serious issue and we have done so comical. When we decided to talk about cancer, we thought that the only way to address this issue was with a light tone. That 's why I consider this film a comedy more than a love story with a comic side very pronounced.
Mr. Brosnan, as he prepared for this role?
Usually the first thing you do is read the script. If you are lucky enough to fall in love with the character then let him come to you, trying to interpret it as little as possible. To be specific, I have found many reasons to identify with this role, first of all the fact that knowing closely the tragedy of losing a loved one to a malattina, I could understand the feelings of the protagonist. I am also a father of four, and as another major theme of the film is the parental relationship, I thought I could make something interesting.
She was James Bond. As it was out of that character? It 's easier to interpret gentlemen fascinating or ordinary men?
I work from when I was eighteen. Bond is a role that I love and I will always carry inside. For me at that time was a kind of gift and allowed me to realize many dreams, like to be here in Venice, with Susanne, to speak with you. That, however, was a splendid past experience now closed. As for the gentlemen fascinating, I remember that when I started this job I was told that I had the opportunity to play any role. Then life and love carrier brought the same role fascinating man. Since I love both acting that work for me, now, that's okay.
Dyrholm lady, she is a kind of fetish for actress Susanne Bier. How was it working again in this comedy with her and especially with Pierce Brosnan?
When Susanne phoned me and told me to have a perfect role for me I did not think twice. I admit that the opportunity to work with Pierce has played its part in the decision. However, the idea of attending a comedy I found it a fascinating challenge. My career is full of dark and dramatic roles, solar interpret this woman was an opportunity that I did not want to miss. As for Pierce, I was very nervous but when we started to test the script before I discovered I had a wonderful person, kind and hilarious. It is no coincidence that on the set, men and women, we loved him.
One last question. Have you noticed that often in Danish cinema and not only that, marriage is seen as an opportunity for discussion and explosive family conflict?
Jensen: It 's true, reflection is incredible like most of the films are of Danish family drama. Perhaps kidding, we can say that since nothing ever happens in Denmark, you have to focus on the family to find stories that are worth to be told.
Bier. I too think that the reason is this. However, do not forget that marriage is often the main opportunity to bring together the whole family in the same place at the same time. It 's normal that when you have secrets or situations such as in the case of my players, they explode in a gathering like this.
(Den skaldede frisor) (Denmark-Sweden-Italy-France-Germany-Japan Danish, English dialogue)
By Leslie Felperin
CREDITS: A Nordisk Film Distribution release of a Zentropa Entertainments29 presentation, in co-production with Lumiere & Co., Slot Machine, Zentropa International France, Film I Vast, Zentropa Entertainments Berlin, Zentropa International Sweden, DR, Sveriges Television, Arte France Cinema, Network Movie, ZDF/Arte, Longride, with the support of the Danish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fund, CanalPlus, Cine Plus, Cine Plus, Rai Cinema. (International sales: TrustNordisk, Hvidovre.) Produced by Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Vibeke Windelov. Executive producers, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Peter Garde. Co-producer, Charlotte Pedersen. Directed by Susanne Bier. Screenplay, Anders Thomas Jensen, based on a story by Bier and Jensen. Philip - Pierce Brosnan Ida - Trine Dyrholm Astrid - Molly Blixt Egelind Patrick - Sebastian Jessen Benedikte - Paprika Steen Leif - Kim Bodnia Tilde - Christiane Schaumburg-Muller Kenneth - Micky Skeel Hansen Alexandra - Frederikke Thomassen Corny as a vat of polenta, but still rib-sticking enough to satisfy those who like lightly seasoned, easily digestible cinematic starch, Italy-set "Love Is All You Need" offers a romantic comedy for middle-aged palettes. Helmer Susanne Bier takes a welcome break from melodramas such as "In a Better World" to make Pierce Brosnan's widowed grump fall for Trine Dyrholm's cheerful cancer survivor when his son and her daughter prepare to marry in Sorrento. English dialogue and pic's "Mamma Mia!"-like elements - without the Abba songs, of course - could give pic an extra B.O. bump beyond its natural specialist constituency offshore.
At a Copenhagen hospital, warm-hearted hairdresser Ida (major Danish thesp Dyrhom, co-star of "In a Better World") is first met being told that she'll have to wait and see if she's beaten the cancer that's cost her part of a breast. When she gets home, she catches her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) in flagrante delicto on the couch with bimbo Tilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Muller), precipitating a separation for the married couple, who vow to meet up in Italy for their daughter's upcoming wedding and put on a show of unity there.
Meanwhile, across town, Brit Philip (Brosnan), a fruit-and-vegetable magnate, prepares to fly south for the wedding as well. At the airport, a highly unlikely car-accident meet-cute is contrived to introduce Philip to Ida, who duly argue and annoy each other at first according to genre convention. They make their way together to the villa Philip owns in Sorrento, a house he's not inhabited since his Danish wife died years ago, but which his only son Patrick (Sebastian Jessen) and soon-to-be-daughter-in-law Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind, a real find with her strong features and acting chops) have fixed up for the nuptials.
As the other guests start to arrive, including the Philip's loathsome one-time sister-in-law Benedikte (Paprika Steen, on deliciously bitchy form) and Leif with Tilde in tow, tensions start to escalate, not least between Patrick and Astrid themselves, both aware they're not quite as well matched as they want to be. Auds well-versed in the rules of contempo romantic comedies won't find it hard to guess why, especially given Patrick's lack of enthusiasm for pre-marital sex.
Screenplay by Bier and her frequent collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen (indeed, the go-to scripter for most of shingle Zentropa's roster of helmers) has a more convincing touch with the femme characters than the men, who are a pretty boring lot by and large. Brosnan, looking suave but shallow as ever, does his best to twinkle but even he can't really make much with Philip, an arthouse stud-monkey designed with precise calculation to appeal to the fantasies of femme viewers of a certain age. (He's got money! He knows about botany! He thinks Ida's beautiful even though she's lost all her hair to chemotherapy!)
The ladies, on the other hand, have more heft as people, from generous-spirited but endearingly ditsy Ida, through vile Benedikte who never passes up a chance to undermine her teenage daughter (Frederikke Thomassen), to insecure Astrid. They also get most of pic's funniest lines, although the zingers are a little fewer and further apart than this sort of material requires to ensure strong word of mouth. The comedy is too embedded in the situation and not enough in the dialogue to give it the right screwball fizz it needs to lock down crossover potential.
That said, Bier shuffles the dramatic pieces competently enough around the board, while she and editors Pernille Bech Christensen and Morten Egholm never pass up an opportunity to throw up another postcard view of pink sunsets, blue waters or sienna-colored rooftops to mark a temporal transition. Lensing by Morten Soborg errs perhaps too much on the lurid side, pushing the primary colors to almost-cartoonish levels of luminosity.
For the record, pic's Danish title, "Den skaldede frisor" means "The Bald Hairdresser," almost as bad a moniker as the insipid, contextually meaningless English title.
Poignant, beautifully cinematic, romantic; Love Is All You Need is a movie that I did not want to end. This is going to be a universally celebrated movie. Academy Award winning director Susanne Bier and writer Anders Thomas Jensen have teamed up to tell a love story about a difficult subject in a very sensitive, entertaining and endearing manner. The music, setting, cinematography and the cast are perfect. Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm capture their roles magnificently and bring a wonderful chemistry to the screen. The supporting cast of characters is very important in this movie, each have a distinct role that brings the viewer very intimately into the heart of these two families. Brosnan says he felt very close to the role having lost his wife to cancer some years ago and as the father of 4 sons he knows something about raising young men. The movie has a very celebratory feel to it that defies the anxiety that the subjects of health, family and weddings could have been shackled with.
This is a story about love, hope, faith and family which is reflected in the romantic setting of Serrento, Italy, wrapped in universally loved Italian music (‘That’s Amore’, Dean Martin) and woven with carefully chosen colours throughout. Bier says she chose a wedding as the catalytic event because when there is a monumental gathering such as a wedding and the associated explosion of energy it is an opportunity for many unspoken things to come out. This is when family secrets surface. In this movie many secrets surface that are momentus in the life of the characters. These are revealed with sensitivity, humour and credibility that makes the story very universal.
Trine Dyrholm is Ida, the mother of the bride, the woman dealing with her cancer, the wife of a husband who is a louse, yet despite it all, she falls in love and finds love. She is eternally giving and hopeful. Her attention to her children’s needs in such a loving and caring ways, through thoughtful little things, is so endearing. Her sensitivity to others, her determination to forgive, her faith through everything – is thoroughly uplifting.
The cast of characters; Philip (Brosnan) the man who has let his anger over the loss of his wife consume his world to the extent that he cuts everything out but work, yet we want to embrace him for his charm; Philip’s sister-in-law truly a loud mouthed bitch; Patrick (Sebastian Jessen) the son conflicted about who he is; Ida (Trine Dyrholm) the mother/wife battling cancer, seeing only the best in everyone, not prepared to let life not be lived; Leif, Ida’s husband the louse with no depth of character; Ida’s co workers at the hair salon, typically deeply invested in the personal lives of themselves and their clients and Ida’s daughter, beautiful, young, naive about to grow up faster than she might care to.
Tender, funny and uplifting, this is a movie that will connect with everyone in one way or another. Expect some Oscar buzz for this one come awards time. Pierce Brosnan’s performance is inspirational along side Trine Dyrholm who captures everyone’s heart with her courage. Love is All You Need goes to the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF next for the North American Premiere.
Director: Susanne Bier Screenwriter: Anders Thomas Jensen
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier follows her Oscar winner "In a Better World" with a warmly sentimental comedy that stars Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.
VENICE – It’s easy to imagine a version of Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisor) made almost scene for scene and line for line by some ham-handed criminal like lifestyle purveyor Nancy Meyers. The results would have been insufferable and probably made a fortune.
But while virtually everything that happens in this grown-up rom-com can be seen coming a mile off, Danish director Susanne Bier’s assured touch and warm regard for her characters make the film both pleasurable and satisfying. This will land on the bougie end of the arthouse spectrum and not the edgy one, to be sure, but it undeniably works.
Taking a lighter turn after their 2011 Foreign Language Oscar winner In a Better World, Bier and frequent screenwriting collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen have in the broadest sense made a patchwork of Under the Tuscan Sun and Mamma Mia! The latter connection is amplified by the presence of Pierce Brosnan in a leading role. The actor looks dapper, distinguished and more relaxed than he has in a long time, despite playing an uptight workaholic businessman carrying around years of hurt and anger.
Set in Copenhagen and Southern Italy, and mixing Danish, English and a sprinkling of Italian language, the film opens with attractive middle-aged hairdresser Ida (Trine Dyrholm) getting an update on her breast cancer status after finishing chemo. With a good wig to match her attitude, she prepares to fly to Sorrento for the wedding of daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) to Patrick (Sebastian Jessen), following a whirlwind three-month courtship. But Ida hits a speed bump when she comes home to find her self-centered husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) humping Tilde (Christiane Schaumberg-Mueller), the hot young accountant from his office that he apparently intends to marry.
Taking all this on board with surprising composure, Ida keeps it together until she rear-ends Philip (Brosnan) in the airport car park. She learns that the furious stranger is Patrick’s widowed father, getting their interaction off to a stiff start. Candid and direct, she makes no secret of her distaste for his brusque manner and terse phone exchanges with employees at his produce import business.
From the earliest glimpses, Bier and cinematographer Morten Soborg swoon over the postcardy splendors of the Amalfi Coast, with its breathtaking views and picturesque citrus groves. They also heat up the colors to overstated but eye-catching extremes. Bier slathers occasionally on-the-nose music choices (“That’s Amore” is heard what seems like 100 times) onto the soundtrack, alongside a score by Johan Soderqvist that ranges from insistently jaunty to pensive. But as calculated as it all is, there’s something seductive about the film’s old-fashioned visual and emotional vibrancy.
At a pre-wedding dinner, Patrick’s fabulously double-edged aunt Benedikte (the always wonderful Paprika Steen) paraphrases the Henry Miller aphorism: “The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” That encapsulates the film’s philosophy. But putting it into practice proves problematic as the guests convene at Philip’s gorgeously rustic villa, which has been unused since his wife’s accidental death many years earlier.
Leif’s insensitive decision to bring along Tilde is one hindrance. Divorced social snob Benedikte’s predatory flirtation with Philip and monstrous behavior toward her sullen teenage daughter (Frederikke Thomassen) are another. Then there’s the jitters of Astrid, who senses that Patrick’s affections are tepid, though she’s way behind the audience in spotting the sexual tension between him and a tasty local lad (Ciro Petrone).
But there’s no question that the ice is melting between Ida and Philip, and the shy blossoming of mutual attraction is affectingly played by both Dyrholm and Brosnan. A scene in which he finds her taking a dip – naked and wigless – in the azure waters of a spectacular inlet is particularly lovely.
Bier is at her best in getting inside the women characters, and Dyrholm’s Ida provides the film with an emotional center that radiates compassion, vulnerability and quiet strength. Even in her most acquiescent moments Ida is never a doormat. Instead, her responses are grounded in the bruising experience of a woman stunned and unsettled by a year of tough knocks.
Marking a total about-face from her queen-bitch role in A Royal Affair, Dyrholm – familiar from In a Better World and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration, the latter alongside Steen – lends the film dignity and poignancy it might otherwise have lacked.
Ida’s rapport with her grown children is sketched with rich depths of love. There are captivating scenes with her protective son Kenneth (appealing Micky Skeel Hansen), and especially with Astrid. Relative newcomer Egelind is a real find in the role – unconventionally pretty bordering on awkward, she conveys a self-exposure that’s both contained and raw.
Brosnan balances Philip’s thorny exterior with a gradual openness to expressing and receiving affection. While the romance’s outcome is inevitable from the start and might have arrived at its conclusion a tad more swiftly, this principal thread is tender and moving.
Not all the male characters are drawn with as much nuance. Bodnia plays Leif as a bit too clueless an oaf to have secured Ida’s love and loyalty for 23 years, let alone her forgiveness. And Jessen’s Patrick is a little wet. Among the more peripheral characters, Bodil Jorgensen has some funny moments as Ida’s no-boundaries salon colleague.
Audiences who enjoy Bier’s more sober melodramas might dismiss this as trite. But the slick, unapologetically commercial film – which the director’s regular distributor Sony Pictures Classics has for North America – has sweetness, charm and a generosity of spirit that will find many takers.
Venue: Venice Film Festival (Out of Competition; Sony Pictures Classics)
Venezia 69: “Love Is All You Need” di Susanne Bier
02 set 2012 — Alberto del Giudice
Diverte la prima commedia girata dalla regista danese Susanne Bier (In un mondo migliore) e presentata fuori concorso alla Mostra del cinema di Venezia. Protagonisti di Love Is All You Need sono Pierce Brosnan in gran forma e la bravissima Trine Dyrholm
Dopo una sequela di drammi alcuni egregi come In un mondo migliore, Susanne Bier, cineasta danese ha messo insieme un cast internazionale, c'è anche l'italiano Ciro Petrone, già visto in Gomorra, che include Pierce Brosnan e la bravissima conterranea Trine Dyrholm, in Love Is All You Need, sua prima (e forse ultima) commedia sentimentale, che ricorda a tratti il film musicale Mamma mia! Per l'ambientazione mediterranea. Il film si svolge in gran parte su un'Isola del Sud Italia, dove devono avvenire le nozze tra il figlio di un mercante internazionale di frutta, Philip (Brosnan) e la figlia di una coppia danese, Ida (Dyrholm) e il padre imbecille e fedifrago Leif (Kim Bodnia).
Entrambe le famiglie non stanno attraversando un buon momento. Philip e suo figlio sono ancora profondamente segnati dalla morte della madre del ragazzo. Mentre Ida ha da poco terminato le cure contro un cancro al seno, che non sa ancora se ha definitivamente sconfitto o meno. E siccome le sfighe non si presentano mai da sole, scopre anche che il marito da tempo ha una relazione con la sua giovane contabile. Tutti i guai quindi possibili e immaginabili si danno appuntamento nella grande villa in Italia di Philip, ma i nostri non si perdono d'animo. Anzi, le nozze saranno l'occasione perché ognuno ritrovi il proprio equilibrio. Niente di straordinario quindi sotto il sole, ma Love Is All You Need strappa molte risate.
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September 2, 2012 - Alberto del Giudice
Enjoy the first comedy filmed by Danish director Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and presented out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. Starring Love Is All You Need is Pierce Brosnan in great form and the talented Trine Dyrholm
After a string of dramas egregious as some In a Better World , Susanne Bier, the Danish director has assembled an international cast, there is also the Italian Ciro Petrone, already seen in Gomorrah , including Pierce Brosnan and the talented compatriot Trine Dyrholm , in Love Is All You Need, his first (and probably last) romantic comedy, reminiscent at times the movie musical Mamma Mia for the Mediterranean environment. The film takes place mostly on an island in southern Italy, where they have to be the wedding of the son of a merchant international fruit, Philip (Brosnan) and the daughter of a Danish couple, Ida (Dyrholm) and the father fool and faithless Leif (Kim Bodnia).
Both families are going through a good moment. Philip and his son are still deeply affected by the death of the boy's mother. While Ida has just finished treatment against breast cancer, which still does not know if he has finally defeated or not. And since the bad luck they are never alone, discovers that her husband has a long relationship with his young accountant. All the trouble then conceivable come together in the large villa in Italy by Philip, but our not lose heart. In fact, the wedding will be an opportunity for everyone venues balance. Nothing out of the ordinary then under the sun, but Love Is All You Need ripping lots of laughs
Una Bier fresca e frizzante, piace Love is all you need di Boris SollazzoCronologia articolo2 settembre 2012
Dopo un weekend pesante, per nomi e contenuti, ecco arrivare una commedia romantica inaspettata, Love is all you need di Susanne Bier. A leggere la trama sembra la sua solita tragedia: donna malata di cancro in chemio viene tradita dal marito prima del matrimonio della figlia. Poi ha un incidente d'auto col futuro consuocero (Pierce Brosnan).
La figlia (Molly Blixt Egelind) è una danese appassionata con un futuro marito che sembra non accorgersene, di mezzo ci sono comprimari di ogni tipo, dalla cognata dell'ex 007 (Paprika Steen, insopportabile e perciò straordinaria), che qui è un vedovo insidiato da lei da ben 26 anni, al cameriere-tutto fare (Ciro Petrone) che da Gomorra è passato a una costiera amalfitana molto glam.
Anders Thomas Jensen questa volta decide di virare a 180° il tono dei film di Susanne Bier, scrivendo per lei un film costantemente sopra le righe sull'amore e sulla vita di due strane famiglie danesi che si incontrano per un matrimonio in Italia. E riesce al Premio Oscar Susanne Bier quello in cui Woody Allen, in To Rome With Love, ha fallito miseramente: restituire del nostro paese un'immagine eccessiva e ridondante, ma senza prendersi sul serio.
Non lo fa la cineasta, non lo fanno i personaggi e persino gli spettatori italiani, nonostante la cartolina e gli spettatori, potranno irritarsi. Perché la regista sa mettere dentro questo film riflessioni originali - tutte concentrate nell'incantevole Trine Dyrholm - e tanta ironia, si diverte a giocare con la musica, riempiendo le sue immagini in movimento delle note dell'abusato, e per questo esilarante, That's Amore e rispolverando Sarà perché ti amo dei Ricchi e Poveri, tanto per dirne due.
Sembra, in molti momenti, la parodia del genere scandinavo - e ancor più danese - che prende ispirazione da Festen, in cui la tragedia lascia lo spazio a due momenti commoventi - il disvelamento del passato di Brosnan, la paura del futuro della Dyrholm - e all'ironia amara subentra un tono grottesco a tratti irresistibile. Ecco perché questo film, di fatto, non è analizzabile secondo le normali categorie critiche, ma va "vissuto" di pancia. Perché ti coinvolge emotivamente e ti riempie di sorrisi - un po' alla Mamma mia!, dove peraltro c'è sempre un Pierce Brosnan in gran forma - portando con sé una gioia di raccontare e fare cinema a cui non si può non perdonare tutto. E proprio con questa pellicola Susanne ci mostra un talento per la commedia che avevamo solo intuito (o meglio sperato) in alcune scene dei suoi precedenti film, in cui mostrava di possedere tempi e intuizioni del genere. In Italia questo film lo vedremo grazie a Teodora Film. E ci auguriamo vi piaccia come è piaciuto a noi. ====================== Google Translation
A Bier fresh and crisp, love Love is all you need
Boris Sollazzo History Article 2 September 2012
After a heavy weekend, names and content, here comes a romantic comedy unexpected, Love is all you need by Susanne Bier. To read the plot seems his usual tragedy: female cancer patient in chemo is betrayed by her husband before the marriage of his daughter. Then a car accident with the future consuocero (Pierce Brosnan).
The daughter (Molly Blixt Egelind) is a Danish passionate with a husband who does not seem to notice, half of us are actors of all kinds, from the sister of the former 007 (Paprika Steen, unbearable and therefore unique), here is a widower threatened by her for 26 years, the waiter-round Do (Ciro Petrone) that Gomorrah is passed to a very glam Amalfi Coast.
Anders Thomas Jensen this time decided to turn 180 ° the tone of the film by Susanne Bier, writing for a movie she constantly over the top in love and lives of two Danish families who meet strange for a wedding in Italy. It is able to Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning one in which Woody Allen, To Rome With Love, has failed miserably: restoring our country's image excessive and redundant, but not taken seriously.
He does not do the film-maker, and the characters do not even Italian viewers, despite the postcard and the spectators will get irritated. Because the director knows how to put into this film original reflections - all concentrated in the enchanting Trine Dyrholm - and a lot of humor, likes to play with the music, filling his moving images of the notes dell'abusato, and this hilarious, That's Amore Is it because I love you and dusting off of The Beatles, just to name two.
It seems, in many instances, the Scandinavian parody of the genre - and even more Danish - which was inspired by Festen, in which the tragedy leaves room for two touching moments - the revelation of the past Brosnan, fear of the future of Dyrholm - and bitter irony comes a grotesque tone at times irresistible. That's why this film, in fact, can not be analyzed in the normal categories of criticism, but it should be "experienced" gut. Because it involves you emotionally and fills you with smiles - a bit 'at Mamma Mia!, Where, however, there is always a Pierce Brosnan in great shape - bringing with them a joy of telling stories and making films that one can not forgive everything. And with this film Susanne shows a talent for comedy that we just guessed (or hoped) in some scenes of his previous film, in which he showed to have time and insights of the sort. In Italy this film we will see Theodora with Film. And we hope you enjoy it as we liked.
Pierce Brosnan a Venezia per Susanne Bier, "Sorrento è la città più romantica al mondo"
La regista danese premio Oscar porta al Lido il fascino immutabile dell'ex James Bond. Con l'Italia protagonista della sua commedia dalle sfumature drammatiche - Speciale Festival del Cinema
di Simona Santoni
Al Lido oggi non ci sono Ben Affleck e Javier Bardem, entrambi protagonisti dell'atteso To the Wonder di Terrence Malick, che ha fatto il debutto in mattinata ricevendo anche qualche "bu" e fischi dalla stampa. Non c'è ovviamente neanche il ritroso regista americano di cui ormai si fa quasi fatica a ricordare la faccia. (Non per niente sul lungomare ho avvistato un volantino con sua foto e la scritta “Chi ha visto quest’uomo?”).
Però, in tutto il suo immutabile charme, c'è Pierce Brosnan. Col suo fare così impeccabile, galante e ironico, è penetrante oggi come ieri in Mai dire mai, il telefilm degli anni’ 80 che l’ha lanciato. È lui il volto arcinoto e amato che luccica sul red carpet odierno come nel cast di Susanne Bier, anche se la regista danese ormai brilla di luce propria (ma certo, gli appassionati di autografi e “vips” sono più incantati dall’ex 007 che dalla vincitrice dell’Oscar per il film straniero con l’incantevole In un mondo migliore).
La cineasta porta alla Mostra del cinema di Venezia, fuori concorso, Den skaldede frisør (Love Is All You Need), che molti definiscono “una commedia romantica” dopo diversi film cupi e drammatici. Trovo invece riduttivo parlare di semplice commedia romantica, come la stessa Bier ha sottolineato: “Non è propriamente una commedia, c’è anche la tematica drammatica della malattia, del cancro, che abbiamo un po’ edulcorato”. La protagonista femminile, Ida, è infatti una donna di mezza età un po’ impacciata, energica e solare, nonostante stia affrontando la sua battaglia contro un tumore al seno. La interpreta la bravissima danese Trine Dyrholm, che rinnova la collaborazione con Bier dopo In un mondo migliore. Se finora avesse lavorato ad Hollywood anziché in Danimarca probabilmente avrebbe ricevuto anche lei un’ovazione come Brosnan. Anche se l’inutile marito (Kim Bodnia) la tradisce con una svaporata quanto involontariamente esilarante biondina (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller), lei non lo condanna esplicitamente agli occhi dei figli Kenneth (Micky Skeel Hansen) e Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind). D’altronde il matrimonio di Astrid impelle, e la madre non vuole rovinarle la festa. La giovane si sposa con Patrick (Sebastian Jessen), conosciuto da tre mesi, a Sorrento. È lì che il padre di Patrick (Brosnan), Philip, freddo uomo d’affari vedovo, possiede una villa con limoneto. Ed è lì che confluiranno tutti i personaggi, materiale brillante di imminenti deflagrazioni.
La stampa della prima proiezione mattutina non ha concesso né un applauso né un fischio. Un silenzio assordante. Ma sbirciando la mia vicina probabilmente finnica l’ho vista asciugarsi lacrime più volte. Perché Den skaldede frisør è un film che fa ridere e fa piangere, cuce insieme ilarità e tragicità del vivere, con la capacità di intuizione e concentrazione a cui la Bier ci ha abituato.
Certo, il suo cinema non è quello di Lars Von Trier – l’altro danese celebre - e la sua regola non è il Dogma 95. Però sa coinvolgere, lasciandoci avvinti dai suoi personaggi a volte bizzarri a volte così realistici dall’inizio alla fine. E non è cosa così consueta finora nei film visto al Lido. “Ho perso una moglie malata di cancro ed è stato così facile identificarmi in Philip” dice Brosnan. “Nella storia ci sono molti elementi che mi hanno attratto”.
“Susanne mi ha chiamato per dirmi che aveva un ruolo per me e che stava aspettando la risposta di Brosnan” racconta invece Trine Dyrholm. “Ho detto subito sì”, sorride.
La colonna sonora spazia da That’s amore a Sarà perché ti amo dei Ricchi e poveri. "La musica è venuta fuori per gioco. Era quella che ascoltavamo mentre preparavamo il set del matrimonio" spiega la regista. Nel cast anche Ciro Petrone di Gomorra.
Da Copenaghen alla costa campana, è piacevole trovare anche l’Italia protagonista. “Il film è una celebrazione dell’amore e Sorrento è la città più romantica al mondo”. Parola di Susanne Bier.
At the Lido today there are Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem, both protagonists of the expected To the Wonder of Terrence Malick, who made his debut in the morning also receiving some "bu" and whistles from the press. There is obviously American filmmaker even the back of which he becomes almost hard to remember his face. (Not for nothing on the promenade I spotted a flyer with his picture and the words "He who has seen this man?").
However, in all its charm immutable, there is Pierce Brosnan. With his impeccable doing so, gallant and ironic, is pervasive today as yesterday in Never Say Never, the show of the year '80 that launched. He is the face very well known and loved that glitters on the red carpet today as the cast of Susanne Bier, although the Danish director now shines its light (but of course, fans autographs and "VIPs" are more enchanted by the former 007 that the winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film with the enchanting In a Better World ).
The filmmaker leads to the Venice Film Festival in Venice , out of competition, Den skaldede Frisör (Love Is All You Need), which many call "a romantic comedy" film after several dark and dramatic. I find it limiting to talk about simple romantic comedy, as the same Bier said: "It is not really a comedy, there is also the subject of dramatic disease, cancer, we have a little 'watered down'.
The female protagonist, Ida, is in fact a middle-aged woman a little 'clumsy, energetic and cheerful, even though he is facing his own battle against breast cancer. Interprets the talented Danish Trine Dyrholm, which renews its collaboration with Bier after in a better world. If you previously had worked in Hollywood rather than in Denmark probably would have received a standing ovation as she Brosnan.
Although the useless husband (Kim Bodnia) is having an affair with a loopy as unintentionally hilarious blonde (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller), she did not explicitly condemned in the eyes of the sons Kenneth (Micky Skeel Hansen) and Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind). Besides the wedding of Astrid impels, and the mother does not want to spoil the party. The girl he married Patrick (Sebastian Jessen), known by three months, Sorrento. That's where Patrick's father (Brosnan), Philip, cold businessman widower, owns a villa with a lemon. And that's where all the characters converge, excellent material of impending explosion.
The printing of the first projection morning he has given neither applause nor a whistle. A deafening silence. But my neighbor peering probably Finnish I saw tears dry several times. Skaldede Frisör Why Den is a film that makes you laugh and makes you cry, stitches together hilarity and tragedy of life, with the insight and concentration at which the Bier us have become accustomed.
Of course, his film is not to Lars Von Trier - the other famous Danish - and his rule is not the Dogma 95. But he knows involved, leaving captivated by his characters sometimes bizarre sometimes so realistic from beginning to end. And it is not something as usual so far in the film saw the Lido. "I lost a wife dying of cancer and it was so easy to identify with Philip," says Brosnan. "Throughout history there are many elements that have attracted me."
"Susanne called me to tell me he had a role for me and I was waiting for the response of Brosnan," says Trine Dyrholm instead. "I immediately said yes," he smiles.
The soundtrack ranges from love That's why you will love the rich and the poor. "The music is coming out to play. Was the one who listened to while we were preparing the set for the wedding," says the director. Also starring Ciro Petrone of Gomorrah.
From Copenhagen to the Campanian coast, it is refreshing to find even Italy protagonist. "The film is a celebration of love and Sorrento is the most romantic city in the world." Word of Susanne Bier.