Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Den skaldede frisør (Love Is All You Need) (2012)

Director: Susanne Bier
Writers:  Anders Thomas Jensen, Susanne Bier
Cast:       Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Molly Blixt Egelind
Language: Danish, English

A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the Worlds for the loss of his wife.

I decided to watch the film when it came on TV because I remembered it being given a good review by Mark Kermode. The story is kind of predictable in a feel good way but what makes it different is the odd characters and their relations in the two families that came together for the wedding. There is a real class difference between the two families and the groom is struggling with his sexuality. The father of the bride decides to take his much younger girlfriend to the wedding and the groom's father is getting hit on by his sister-in-law even as he falls in love with bride's mother. So it all kind of complicated and cringey but that makes  it different. That said it is not nearly as good as 'About Schmidt' or 'Sideways' because it kind of falls in between the rom-com and cringe-com genre. The original Danish title of the film translates as 'Bald Hairdresser'.

Trine Dyrholm was in 'Festen' and 'A Royal Affair' both of which were great. I should get back to watching 'Borgen', which is a Danish political drama TV series. The problem I have with it is that I have already watched 'The Wire' and you kind of judge everything on that. Each episodes of Borgen tend to get resolved  which I don't like. The advantage that a TV series have over cinema is that they can use the time that they have to build characters slowly and progressively and I don't like it when they try to resolve something in an episode itself. I digressed (lame attempt to fill the page). Love is All You Need is a decent watch without being great.

Rating: 3/5