After the Wedding (15)

Jan 30, 2008
Cranbrook Film Society

“Following Festen and Inheritance, After the Wedding is another Danish film with echoes of Hamlet, concerning the transference of power in wealthy, influential dynasties, the revelation of painful secrets and the assumption of weighty responsibilities. It’s directed by Susanne Bier, a former adherent of the austere Dogme doctrine, and stars Mads Mikkelsen, a Jack Palance lookalike who last year played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, as a Scandinavian social worker running an orphanage in the slums of Mumbai.

He returns to Copenhagen after an absence of some 20 years hoping that a rich philanthropist (Rolf Lassgard) will support his schemes. But he finds himself up to his deeply tanned neck in revelations about his past and facing complicated moral decisions. There’s enough dirty linen washed here to keep a laundry going for a month and it’s all nicely hung out to dry and smoothly ironed.

Revenge dramas of the vigilante kind occur at times of social frustration, often in the wake of wars. For instance, The Noose appeared in 1948 and turned on ex-commandos waging war against a Soho vice ring that the police were impotent to handle. As the Vietnam War ended, there were Dirty Harry, Straw Dogs, Walking Tall and the Death Wish pictures.”

Philip French – The Observer, Sunday 11 March 2007

Susanne Bier | Denmark | 2006 | 120 minutes | 15