(aka "After the Wedding' or 'Efter Brylluppet" )

 

directed by Susanne Bier
Denmark 2006

 

Since “The one and only”, Susanne Bier has been the darling of Danish cinema, but she made a transition as director with “Open Hearts” and moved from the shadow of a light but the most successful Danish romantic comedy in years, towards a darker and more serious approach to love, which she followed up with “Brothers” and now “After the Wedding”.

Jakob is looking for money to sponsor his school project in India, and after a meeting, Jørgen invites Jakob to come along for the wedding of his daughter. Here Jakob discovers, that Jørgen’s wife, Helena, is a former girl friend, and he begins to speculate if their daughter isn’t his. Jakob decides to confront Helena.

Again, her mode of storytelling is the melodrama, the triangle of love; here between the larger than life millionaire Jørgen (Rolf Lassgård), his wife Helena (Sidse Babett Knudsen), and the poor third-world helper Jakob (Mads Mikkelsen).

While Bier again puts a lot of energy into detailing the melodrama, her main goal is dissecting Jørgen. A man of vast wealth and power, his intentions are good, but the question Bier asks is, does one have the right to control the lives of people, if it is for the common good? Bier sets Jørgen up against Jakob, who is a real good-do’er, an idealist living in poverty in India, helping those in need, and indirectly asks, what is the difference between wanting to help and the means to accomplish this wish?

Does someone have the right to control the fate of people, if the goal is happiness? Is the decide to do good on others a compensation for failure to control ones own life? And if so, is ones action thus selfish?

With outstanding performances by the entire cast, especially the three leading actors, “After the Wedding”, is the most mature and best film by Bier to date. A gem of Danish cinema.

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: February 26, 2006

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DVD Review: Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL

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Nordisk Film

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:58:55
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.50 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Danish, DTS Danish
Subtitles Danish, Danish (HoH), English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Nordisk Film

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• A Conversation with Susanne Bier (22:27)
• A Conversation about deleted scenes (7:38)
• 6 Deleted Scenes
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
Amaray

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments A stunning transfer. No artefacts visible, strong vivid colours and great details. The frame has been opend slightly from its OAR of 1.85:1 to its present format of 1.78:1.

The additional material consists only of an interview with director Susanne Bier, where she talks about the themes of the film, and a shorter interviewer, where she comments on the deleted scenes. An audio commentary with actors and director is sadly missed.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 





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