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      After the Wedding

      R 2006 1h 55m Drama List
      87% Tomatometer 103 Reviews 87% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen) dedicates his life to helping street children in India, and when the orphanage he leads may be closed, he receives an interesting offer. A businessman will give him $4 million -- with conditions. Jacob must return to Denmark and take part in the wedding of the man's daughter; the event is a crucial meeting of past and future, throwing Jacob into the most-intense dilemma of his life. Read More Read Less

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      The cast brings After the Wedding's melodramatic script to life, creating a movie that is emotionally raw and satisfying.

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      Joumane Chahine Film Comment Magazine There's nothing quite as devastating as tragedy treated with sharp and precise Northern European restraint. Nov 19, 2013 Full Review Josh Rosenblatt Austin Chronicle Bier [is] the latest in a long line of filmmakers who have mastered the art of making movies about people we can all thank God we're not. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 2, 2007 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel Lovely, dense and surprising. Rated: 5/5 May 31, 2007 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens Reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman with its substantive style, AFTER THE WEDDING provides a focused perspective of life. Nov 6, 2019 Full Review Heather Huntington ReelzChannel.com As a critic, I don't always have the luxury of choosing everything I see. And a lucky thing, too, because director Susanne Bier's After the Wedding is making a strong argument that my instincts about Danish cinema are wrong wrong wrong. Rated: 8/10 Aug 21, 2008 Full Review Jean-François Vandeuren Panorama Une oeuvre aussi sincère que les intentions de ses protagonistes qui épate par l'efficacité d'une mise en scènes dont les rouages se veulent entièrement au service du discours Rated: 7/10 Aug 20, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      R 9 I wouldn't quite rate it as highly as some have online, but I do agree that 'After the Wedding' is a great film! It took me a little while to warm to this but eventually I had a positive time watching it, it even manages to pack a more emotional punch towards the end... it genuinely had me feeling sad for the characters. The flick probably overruns slightly as it could've reached the aforementioned conclusion quicker, but that's a very small criticism. Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Stine Fischer Christensen are big performers throughout, credit to all three of them. Rolf Lassgård is, however, the star of the show in my opinion - a top notch performance, particularly for the crux of the plot. I felt his character's emotion. I did almost agree with many others online by giving it around 9/10, though I settled on 8/10... it's not far off, I admit. Either way, and more pertinently, it's a film that holds quality. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/04/23 Full Review dave s Jacob (Mads Mikkelsen) manages an orphanage in India. Struggling financially to keep the orphanage open, he returns to his homeland of Denmark to accept a lucrative donation, only to find himself ensnared in past transgressions and forced to reassess his priorities. Susanne Bier's After the Wedding has an intriguing premise that sometimes veers towards lurid melodrama, but wisely never crosses that line. Despite the appealing storyline, the film is hurt by many of Bier's directorial choices. The handheld camera is dizzying at times. There are a ridiculous amount of pointless and distracting extreme close-ups, most of which include eyeballs. Much of the editing, including a bunch of jump cuts, comes across as frantic. After the Wedding is a potentially great film done in by its own stylistic excesses. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Susanne Bier is, as always, the master of moral dilemma. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Late R With a great cast, well-written characters, and a number of important messages to impart about what matters in life, ‘After the Wedding' plays with your expectations and delivers a story with meaning. Even if you foresaw the big reveal, the way it's handled means it still hits hard, unafraid to put raw emotions on full display. It is, perhaps, a little more melodramatic than you might expect from something coming out of Scandinavia, but I think Susanne Bier finds the perfect balance in tone and the result is a bittersweet, tragic, and sometimes emotionally powerful affair that leaves its mark. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/03/22 Full Review Audience Member A very good original Danish film that should not have been remade with American actors. Watch this one, not the remake! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review imola l A trademark of danish movies is that the camera is constantly shaking and moving like somebody is recording it with a phone. Ten minutes into the movie and I'm already dizzy. Unfortunately it ruins a good movie. Good luck to you all watching it. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen) dedicates his life to helping street children in India, and when the orphanage he leads may be closed, he receives an interesting offer. A businessman will give him $4 million -- with conditions. Jacob must return to Denmark and take part in the wedding of the man's daughter; the event is a crucial meeting of past and future, throwing Jacob into the most-intense dilemma of his life.
      Director
      Susanne Bier
      Producer
      Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Peter Garde
      Screenwriter
      Anders Thomas Jensen
      Production Co
      Zentropa Entertainments
      Rating
      R (Some Language|A Scene of Sexuality)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Danish
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Mar 30, 2007
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 19, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.5M
      Runtime
      1h 55m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD
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