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After the Wedding (2007)
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by Elaine Perrone

"Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark."
5 stars

Surely best known to mainstream American audiences as Le Chiffre, banker to world terrorist organizations and nemesis of James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, and as Tristan to Clive Owen’s Arthur and Ioan Gruffudd’s Lancelot in 2004’s King Arthur, acclaimed Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is a far more familiar presence to film festival-goers and arthouse aficionados around the globe. Throughout his illustrious career, the multi-faceted Mikkelsen has played a small time drug dealer (as Tonny in the Pusher Trilogy); an ultra-sunny, reality-challenged preacher who mentors convicts and has a fondness for Bee Gees’ tunes (as Ivan in the uproarious Adam’s Apples); and a bumbling petty criminal attempting to turn his life around (as Arne in Flickering Lights), among his many varied roles. For those of us who revel in this stuff, the award winning actor has also been named by the Danish press and fans as “the Sexiest Man in the World,” a fitting appellation for this broodingly handsome actor who is graced with a set of cheekbones that appear capable of cutting glass.

Here, the talented Mikkelsen reinvents himself once again, slipping – seemingly effortlessly – into the persona of Jacob, a volunteer worker at a woefully underfunded orphanage in Bombay. Devoted to the children in his charge, desperately in need of money to keep the youngsters fed, clothed, and off the streets where they would be relegated to lives of prostitution or, worse, doomed to death, Jacob reluctantly returns to Denmark after a twenty year absence to seek funding from a wealthy entrepreneur, Jørgen (Rolf Lassgård). Initially planning to remain in Copenhagen only eight days, Jacob is exhorted by Jørgen to extend his stay, accepting – again, reluctantly – an invitation to the wedding of Jørgen’s daughter, Anna (Stine Fischer Christensen), a move that sets him hurdling into the looking glass of his chequered past.

How, and why, the lives of Jacob, Jørgen, Jørgen’s wife Helene (Sidse Babett Knutsen), and Anna collide, and whether the collision is motivated by coincidence, fate, or precise engineering, comprises the heart of After the Wedding, and the secrets that continuously, shatteringly, tumble out of it.

None of those secrets will be revealed here.

What – and all – one needs to know is that After the Wedding is a stunning collaboration of Denmark’s, and world cinema’s, finest talents: The awards and accolades deservedly abound in their native country for director Susanne Bier, screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, and performers Mikkelsen and Knutsen. Having already co-opted Mikkelsen, Hollywood is sitting up and taking notice of Bier, whose first English-language film, Things We Lost in the Fire, is being produced by Sam Mendes and released by DreamWorks, and of Jensen, whose previous collaborations with Bier, Open Hearts and Brothers, are set for remakes by Zach Braff and Sony.

The recommendation from here is to run, not walk, to see the Real Deals before Tinseltown does its usual damage.

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12/12/07 William Goss Cast keeps Danish melodrama from working up too much lather. 4 stars
4/21/07 Genie I loved this movie and can relate to not wanting to give up... 4 stars
4/11/07 Michal Great story, very moving - run to see this movie 5 stars
10/01/06 Mark Eastman An amazing film beautifully crafted, with excellent acting that seems totally natural. 5 stars
9/23/06 Tim Beautifullly peels away each layer of our fundamental right as human beings, our emotions. 5 stars
9/19/06 PD Finessed characters artfully portrayed in this fantastic treatise on human nobility. 5 stars
9/18/06 Ancaster Film Fest Good Performances and story-didn't pull me in 3 stars
9/18/06 Linda heart wrenching 5 stars
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