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After the Wedding (2007)

Mads Mikkelsen , Sidse Babett Knudsen , Susanne Bier  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani, Tanya Sharma
  • Directors: Susanne Bier
  • Writers: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen
  • Producers: Anne Katrine Andersen, Gillian Berrie, Gunnar Carlsson, Karen Bentzon, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish, English, Hindi, Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000OCY7JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Far from home, Jacob (Casino Royale villain, Mads Mikkelsen), runs a struggling orphanage in one India’s poorest regions. Desperate to save the orphanage from closure, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen (Rolf Lassgard) a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. What appears to be nothing more than a friendly gesture to attend a wedding sets in motion an increasingly devastating series of surprises, revelations, and confessions that will forever change their lives.

Equal parts weepy drama and soap opera, After the Wedding is a beautifully filmed story centering on Jacob (Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale), a Danish man working at a orphanage in Bombay. Just when funds have run desperately low, Jorgen (Rolf Lassgård)--a wealthy benefactor--promises to donate millions of dollars to the orphanage. But there's a catch. Jacob must collect the funds himself in Copenhagen... and attend the wedding of the eccentric millionaire's daughter. But once Jacob meets the benefactor's wife Helene (played by a radiant Sidse Babett Knudsen), it's obvious to the viewer that the two have a complicated history. It’s also likely that her daughter Anna (Stine Fischer Christensen) most probably is theirs. So why did Jorgen invite Jacob to Anna's wedding? Does he know Jacob is Anna's father? Is something nefarious in the works? The thought-provoking film was Denmark's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Academy Awards. Subtitled in English, the Danish picture is well helmed by director Susanne Bier (Brothers), who manages to keep the film from delving into over the top histrionics. Mikkelsen is particularly good, whether he's channeling his anger at having been shut out of his maybe-daughter's life for the past 20 years, or having to grovel a bit to get Jorgen to donate the funds as promised to his orphanage. The relationships here are messy and often uncomfortable. But they also ring true to life. --Jae-Ha Kim

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122 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Go Home Again March 31, 2007
Jacob, doing humanitarian work at an Indian children's refuge, (the erstwhile "Casino Royale" villain, Mads Mikkelsen) doesn't know what to think when his superior tells him that a prospective benefactor ( Rolf Lassgard in a heart wrenching performance as Jorgen) requires Jacob to return, after twenty years, to Denmark so that the refuge can receive a huge donation. So as much as Jacob dislikes the idea, and at this point we know not why, he returns to Denmark in Susanne Bier's remarkable, emotionally charged, sometimes even overwrought "After the Wedding."
Bier has composed this film in much the same way as a Verismo opera: scenes of confrontation, scenes of enlightenment, scenes of disclosure are piled one on top of the other as the film slithers insinuatingly towards its tragic yet redemptive denouement.
All of the main characters: Jacob, Jorgen, Jorgen's wife Helene (Sidse Babett Knudsen in a mature, sexy performance) and Helene and Jorgen's daughter, Anna (Stine Fischer Christiansen: young, fresh, committed) are transformed, turned around and pointed in another direction psychically and physically by film's end due to the catastrophic upheavals that they endure during the course of this amazing film. Bier is dealing with Melodrama here, with a capital "M." Melodrama done up right: not as a joke but as serious and humane as the Master's of this genre: Almodovar and Douglas Sirk ("Written on the Wind") to name a couple.
Mikkelsen's Jacob, due in a large part to Mikkelsen's hang-dog, stoic physical appearance, is an empty vessel at the beginning of this film.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Can't Buy Me Love" May 14, 2007
`After the Wedding,' Denmark's "Best Foreign Picture" nominee for the Academy Awards has a lot going for it. Even if there is a soap opera feel to the scenes and the story, the quality is head and shoulders above any serial. Not to mention the fact we get six months of development in one movie. Solid performances, and camera shots that capture every revealing reaction give the story a magnetic interest.

The film begins in India where Jacob Pedersen (Mads Mikkelson) works with the impoverished. He feels at home with the children, but he goes back to Denmark to raise funds for the orphanage and get reacquainted with his family. At home his former love Helene (Sidse Babett Knudsen) has married a tycoon, Jorgen Hanson (Rolf Lassgard), someone Jacob is able to solicit funding with ease. Once they meet, he is invited to their daughter's wedding. Much like `Rumor Has It' with far less laughs, yet more substantive development, Jacob finds out at the reception that he has more at stake at home than he previously thought. From there he is reattached to deceptive Helene, and both must sort out the bitter resentment they feel for one another. (Did he have one affair as he says or was he the philanderer by her account?) Toasting her mother and step-father at the wedding, the bride Anna (Stine Fischer Christensen) later comes to grip with life-changing information in her own life.

Skillfully sorting out the relationships and priorities of the key players, `After the Wedding,' presents a bitter-sweet story with memorable characters and interesting circumstances. One of the merits of the film is how it defines poverty in India and compares it with a different kind of impoverishment for the wealthy. Jorgan's problems wouldn`t make us trade places with him for the world.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Early on in Susanne Bier's Oscar Nominated (Best Foreign Film 2006) film "After The Wedding", Danish expat-in-India Jacob (the solid Mads Mikkelsen) is faced with the prospect of reluctantly returning to his homeland after twenty years to meet with a mysterious man who is offering the necessary funding to keep his school/orphanage open. When explaining to Pramod (his adopted son-of-sorts) that he must leave, the precocious eight year old asks about the wealth of people in Denmark and finally concludes, "If I was rich, I'd be happy."

Soon after, when we delve deeply into the lives of the proposed benefactor and his family, we see that this proclamation certainly does not apply to all people. Or, at the very least, it definitely does not apply to billionaire Jorgen (the authoritative Rolf Lassgard) or his family.

Although it seems like it might at first. The jump from the teeming Indian squalor to the lush green Danish countryside almost jarringly illustrates the contrast of cultures (and that contrast is definitely underscored by patriarch Jorgen blasting "It's Raining Men" in his SUV); the disparity between the Third World and the First World is indeed extreme (the difference is Two Worlds, by the way - I did the math). It's quite comical to see Jacob, upon arrival, trying to adjust to the cushy confines of the hotel where Jorgen houses him, as he can't figure out how to work the electronic amenities.

When Jacob finally meets with Jorgen, his pitch is given short shrift by the busy billionaire: "We're through," Jorgen says impatiently, leaving Jacob's presentation video mostly unseen. But he still leaves the donational door a bit ajar as he invites him to his daughter's wedding, where Jacob could get some more face time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 3 days ago by magda
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film about things that happen in life.
This Danish film is just great. Good script. Good acting and good soundtrack. It's a big movie about something big that happens in the lives of a family and a man whose life has... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brad Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The actress that plays the daughter is particularly good when she...
I've watched this movie 5 times. It feels real. The actress that plays the daughter is particularly good when she meets up with her biological father. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drama
This was a fascinating film. I'm glad it was nominated for awards. Mads Mikkelsen is an excellent actor who is getting more and better roles in the mainstream now, this is one of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul A. Spangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Mads Mikkelson's best
Published 1 month ago by Wilma K. Mussen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
No problems at all. I love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Orlin Yoder
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie!! It's hard to even do justice to it in a few words....
This movie is one of the best movies I have seen. It has almost every kind of emotional content one could imagine, and is so "real life," you can't go wrong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mari G. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Really a great flick, give it a try!!!
Published 2 months ago by Catherine A. Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film! I fell in love with the character
A wonderful film! I fell in love with the character, Jorgen.
Published 3 months ago by Stacey Cheatham
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A real love story.
Published 3 months ago by Cat
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