Love Is All You NeedBy Sj.Cliff
The upcoming grown-up romantic comedy Love Is All You Need, is the work of renowned Danish film director Susanne Bier.
Perhaps best known for her Academy Award winning film, In a Better World (2010), Bier has come quite a long way since 1999, when she received worldwide recognition for the first time with the commercial success of another romantic comedy, The One and Only. Proving to be a breakthrough moment for the director, The One and Only became the third biggest domestic box-office hit of the ‘90s, in addition to earning several awards from the Danish Film Academy.
Love Is All You Need is the latest feature from Bier to hit the big screen. It follows the tale of Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a hairdresser whose life could be going better. Ida has been struggling with illness and finding that her husband is having an affair – at the same time as preparing for the quickly approaching marriage of her daughter in Italy. Her life, and that of widower Philip (Pierce Brosnan), as the two meet and spend time with one another. In celebration of its 19 April release, we take a look at some of Bier’s best work to date.
1999: The One and Only
Perhaps the most important moment of Bier’s career came in 1999 with her breakthrough romantic comedy, The One and Only. The film not only received critical success, but is often credited as having begun a transition in the making of Danish romantic comedies. When handyman Niller (Niels Olsen) first meets Sus (Sidse Babett Knudsen) about his plans for her new kitchen, a crush immediately develops between the two as they find an escape in each other away from their mutual marriage problems. The One and only earned the third biggest earnings at the domestic box office for the decade and was honoured as the ‘‘Best Film’’ of the year. This film was also earned a Golden Globe in Italy being named the ‘‘Best European Film’’- Thus began the legacy of Bier.
The dramatic film Brødre follows the story of two brothers as they deal with shifting family dynamics when Danish officer Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) is sent to war in Afghanistan. While there, Michael is kidnapped as a prisoner of war and reported dead to his family. Things become complicated at home as his wife Sarah (Connie Nielsen) and younger brother Janik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) find comfort in each other as they attempt to mourn their mutual loss. Brødre was remade in America five years later with its translated title, Brothers. This film earned her a Critics Award at the Hamburg Film Festival and a nomination at Sundance.
2006: After the Wedding
Another one of Bier’s films to receive popular success came in 2006 with drama After the Wedding. The film follows the story of Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen) who is struggling to keep his orphanage in India afloat. After receiving a mysterious cash donation, Jacob is forced to travel to Denmark to attend the wedding of the daughter of a Danish business named Jorgen (Mads Mikkelsen). After the Wedding made its American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for the Oscar for best film in a foreign language.
2010: In a Better World
Bier’s directorial career is a testament that success comes with time, as her popular and critical acclamation continued with her 2010 Drama Thriller, In a Better World. Set in a small town in Denmark, the lives of two families are intertwined as an unexpected yet dangerous friendship develops. In a Better World was a film of firsts for Bier, winning both a Golden Globe and Oscar for the first time.
2013: Love is All You Need
Pierce Brosnan makes a welcome return to our silver screens in Bier’s latest feature film, Love Is All You Need. Set during a picture-perfect summer wedding in Sorrento, the film follows Philip (Brosnan), a lonely, middle-aged English widower and single father who meets Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a hairdresser recuperating from chemotherapy, who has just learned that her husband is leaving her for a woman half his age. The fates of these two bruised souls intertwine as they embark for Italy to attend the wedding of his son, Patrick, to her daughter, Astrid. The bumpy path towards the union of their children, and the clashes and humorous missteps of their wedding guests, force Philip and Ida to re-evaluate all their notions of family, love and happiness.
Love Is All You Need is in cinemas nationwide April 19.