After the wedding

After the wedding

Efter brylluppet

DVD - 2007 | Danish
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Jacob, a Danish expatriate, runs a struggling orphanage in one of India's poorest regions. Desperate to save the orphanage from closing, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen, a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. Jorgen invites Jacob to his daughter's wedding, seemingly as a friendly gesture, but the terminally ill Jorgen is also trying to find a new husband for his wife Helene. When Jacob meets Helene, he recognizes her as a person from a past he is trying to forget. The wedding invitation leads to a devastating series of surprises that change Jacob's life and force him to make a bitter choice.

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empbee
Mar 14, 2017

Good acting, especially by Lassgard and Mikkelsen, but predictable story early on. A bit soapy.

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dprodrig
Dec 29, 2015

I really enjoyed this movie and am getting quite the respect for the acting ability of Mads Mikkelsen. Jacob is manipulated into coming back to Denmark to supposedly meet and make nice with a possible investor for his orphanage. Only as stunning revelation after relevation, including learning about the existence of a daughter in her 20s, which forces him to abandon directly running the project in India himself. This film will have you angry. And you will cry, the scene where the father absolutely breaks down is heartwrenchingly difficult and honest to watch.

Very good movie, actors are brilliant. strongly recommend it. High Scandinavian quality.

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Monolith
Nov 29, 2015

A strong cast and well written, albeit farfetched. I enjoyed it for what it's worth.

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AQUILEA777
Jan 27, 2015

This is a bad film, plain and simple -- contrived, pretentious, and boring. As in most modern films, the false dramatics, overacting, and rapid crosscutting destroy any sense of reality. You are always reminded that you are not watching real people but trained actors in a manipulated contemporary production. Today viewers see this method almost everywhere in movieworld, so it seems natural though very different from life. In twenty or thirty years, these films will look laughably artificial.
In addition to its general faults, this film uses the childish device of focusing closely on the eyes of humans and stuffed animal heads that fill the screen. In the real world, you don't put your face next to a stranger's so you can stare at his eye.

madison382 Jan 03, 2015

Really good movie. Worth watching.

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Nursebob
Jan 03, 2015

Jacob, a Danish man running an orphanage in India, is promised a large donation from a wealthy businessman providing he returns to Denmark to receive it personally. Upon his arrival the tycoon invites him to his daughter’s wedding and before you can say “Skoal” skeletons begin flying out of closets and hidden agendas are laid bare. Jacob is disgusted by the lies and subterfuge he encounters but before he can return to India the businessman makes him one final offer he can’t refuse... Bier deftly contrasts the material poverty of an Indian slum with the emotional poverty of an upper class family half a world away. She doesn’t judge her characters too harshly, after all everyone has a reason for being dishonest, but neither does she excuse them. In the end we are left watching a group of bumbling adults tripping over their own good intentions as they try to make peace with one another. There is a good premise here and some good performances. Furthermore the camerawork has a refreshingly natural feel to it that gives the story a sense of immediacy. I also appreciated Bier’s occasional use of wry humour…..the drunken billionaire sitting in his office surrounded by trophy heads was especially effective. Unfortunately she asks us to accept too much on faith…..some aspects of the story are not credible and some of the “coincidences” are a bit contrived. She puts too much on one plate when a minimalist approach would have proven more effective. Alas, this is the type of crowd-pleasing soap opera that is always credited with being far more profound than it really is.

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riita
Dec 15, 2014

All I can say is that it is a very good movie. Mads is excellent as usual. Lars is also very good in his part. Good to see him playing a guy that isn't bumbling, like in the series.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

I really wanted to like this movie more. The actors are great, the scenes are engaging, but watching the film, one suddenly reaches the conclusion (Wait a minute...is it there? Is that what I think it is?) there is a faint odor of cheese. The fact is that the storyline is contrived as all get out, and only the honesty of the acting is keeping one from noticing it...for long. Ahh, but cheese it is, most definitely. (Fontina, perhaps?) What's most interesting for me, having recently heard a dissection of the Danish national character, is how neatly one's assumptions about the motives of this billionaire dovetail with the Danes' disdain for ambition, personal success and wealth. At any rate, this is the third Mads Mikkelsen movie I've seen in two weeks, and the only one in which he smiles. (He really shouldn't. His range doesnt allow for it)..

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Janice21383
Nov 02, 2014

A surprisingly old-fashioned film about how The Rich are Not Happy, and need to appreciate The Real Things In Life. AtW is not bad, but it is more like a Hallmark TV movie than you probably expect. And while I understand the impulse to cast Mads Mikkelsen in everything, but he is too young for his role. SPOILER: You know a film's casting has got seriously off track when a father meets with his long lost daughter at a hotel, and you're not sure if they're going to have an emotional reunion, or sex.

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