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After the Wedding

After the Wedding
Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgaard, Stine Fischer Christensen and Sidse Babett Knudsen

Rated: R  for some language and a scene of sexuality
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: March 30, 2007 Released by: IFC Films

After the Wedding (in Danish and English with English subtitles) is an affecting commentary on life's unexpected nature.

Susanne Bier is the Danish director known for her Dogma-styled features like Open Hearts and Brothers. She excels in staging a picture that might add up to an arthouse version of popular small-screen fare like "Desperate Housewives."

An orphanage staffer, very well acted by Mads Mikkelsen, the sinister LeChiffre whose tearducts dripped blood in Casino Royale, has toiled in Bombay, India for two decades.

The textured script has him coming back to Copenhagen upon the facility's fielding an extremely generous alms from a mysteriously opulent Danish entrepeneur (Rolf Lassgaard).

Besides his return, the reluctant staffer is invited to the nuptials of a 20-year-old (Stine Fischer Christensen). Her mother, well played by Sidse Babett Knudsen, is the businessman's wife. She happens to be the staffer's former lover. And, one can figure out who the father of the bride is. But, that's where things start to get interesting, as a rather stylishly mounted soap opera is whipped up.

Bier may not reach the dramatic heights as in Brothers, which starred Connie Nielsen, but she knows how to entertain, finding nuance, wit, and romance without her familiar naturalistic cinema verite.

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