After The Wedding (2006)

SUSANNE BIER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

Original title:  Efter Brylluppet

Denmark/Sweden, 2006.  , , , , , , .  Story by Susanne Bier, Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  

Working in India as a teacher for impoverished children, is informed that he needs to travel home to his native Denmark to help raise money for his school to remain open. The corporation looking to invest in his project wants to meet him in person, so he goes and upon arrival is immediately invited to the wedding of his possible benefactor’s daughter. Walking into the ceremony sees him walking into his own past, with a particular key member of the wedding party turning out to be holding a secret part of his life that he has had no awareness of for the last two decades. From there the film twists a million times, at many turns incredibly moving until director Susanne Bier exhausts our patience with a seemingly endless soap opera that wants to go on forever. Terrific acting, however, and excellent dialogue.

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