After confronting his ex-girlfriend, Helene about her deception, Jacob threatens to tell Anna if she does not. Due to a few unexpected plot-twists, however, Jacob finds himself much more intertwined in Jorgen's life than he ever imagined. So, he finds himself on the horns of a dilemma when a mysterious rich benefactor Rolf Lassgard makes a generous offer to underwrite the charity, but with strings attached. Only one character knows the entire story, and he is hiding a secret of his own. For instance, the idea of a man meeting his daughter for the first time after 22 years, the agony of a father organizing his life in preparation for his own death, the tenuous rekindling of a romance with the one that got away, and the struggle to provide aid and resources for underprivileged children are all perfectly fine topics that get thrown together and promptly skirted over in this film. Moore has a wonderful rapport with her co-lead , who offers a solidly subdued performance of her own. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to MovieBabble via email to stay up to date on the latest content.
Rolf Lassgård stands out in this regard, with a superb ability to portray the confidence and power that is such a part of Jørgen's character. Things get rather interesting at the wedding. Situated in India, Jacob leaves for Copenhagen to meet with a wealthy man named Jorgen, played by Rolf Lassgård, to receive financial aid. Jacob is surrogate daddy to one of the orphans, Pramod Neeral Mulchandani , whom he's raised since infancy, and who represents his only vital and most human relationship. Some may find the script too constructed,but life turns out to be full of unexpected twists. In bringing her themes to life, Bier follows inauspiciously in the footsteps of Jean Renoir, Louis Malle, and, more recently, Jane Campion, among other Western filmmakers, in using India as a pat, easily available symbol of misery and moral courage.
He lives in India among the poorest populations, seeking ways to reach out to young people who are destitute and struggling. Bier addresses control most prominently with Jørgen and Jacob. A place that a person spent 20 years of their life building wouldn't disappear so easily. Why did Jacob leave Denmark 20 years ago? Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's After the Wedding is about orphans, literally and figuratively, for every character in it has been orphaned in one way or other from their proper lives. The camera is hand held and it's use here made me feel more involved with the characters.
While most women are going to be thrilled by the beginning sequences and scenes flashes of sensual dreams and a barechested Mads wandering the night, worrying , by the end they will be entirely caught up in other characters altogether. It was tender heartwrenching angsty cinema that you'll never forget if you see it. Director Bart Freundlich, who is married to actress Julianne Moore in real life, does a beautiful job of capturing the dynamic of family and this piece of art felt very personal while enduring each scene. The result is a natural portrayal of love between Jørgen and Helene, highlighting its strength and ability to transcend the minor conflicts in their relationship. Though Jacob eventually fills the role as a fatherly figure in Jørgen's family, as Jørgen had intended, Jacob's decision is independent of Jørgen's incentives and reflects Jacob's realization of his responsibility to care for his daughter and her mother.
Spurred in large part by his love for his young adopted son, Pramod Neeral Mulchandani , Jacob decides to travel all the way to Copenhagen to meet with a potential funder. It may be an image that connects both life and death, which is what Jorgen is struggling with. One that can all too easily become mere gimmick. If that isn't enough, the revelation that Jørgen is not Anne's biological father and that Helene left Jacob while she was pregnant with Ann give Jacob the shock of his life. At Tribute, your privacy is important to us. Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online community for Black women called Black Girl Nerds.
And he too does the right thing even though it completely changes his life and costs him something dear to his heart. It's not a Dogme film but the director makes good use of many parts of that approach. What Personal Information About You Does Tribute Collect? But Bier is less interested in specific events than in how the characters respond to revelations and ramifications. It starts off low key and you're not sure where it is going to go. . Rating: The founder of a Bombay orphanage attends a stranger's wedding in Copenhagen and discovers that he's the father of the bride, in Danish director Susanne Bier's twisty, Academy Award-nominated melodrama.
Once all the convoluted pieces of this triangle have been laid out, Freundlich cedes control to Williams as Isabel wrestles with sudden motherhood and whether it comes equipped with immediate responsibilities. Jacob is torn between his new daughter, Anna, and his family back in Bombay, Helene and Anna maneuver a changing mother-daughter relationship while coming to terms with the looming death of their husband and father, respectively. What I mainly like about the movie, is that it doesn't offer any simple solutions. Jorgen's daughter Anna, Stine Fischer Christensen, learns many of the hardships of marriage and commitment. The potential donor happens to be none other than Horizon Media founder Theresa Young Julianne Moore.
J''rgen Rolf Lassg''rd is a wealthy Dutch citizen who may be able to save all of Jacob's dreams with the help of his generous wallet, but first Jacob has to convince J''rgen that his charity work matters. But Bier also illustrates the conflict and tension between the couple. Both Moore and Williams duke it out against each other and I am here for it! The film's natural portrayal of love is a result, in part, by the brilliant performances by the leading roles. A mysterious magnate, Jorgen Rolf Lassgard , seems puzzlingly keen to help—on the peculiar condition that Jacob travel to Denmark to meet with him face to face. The audience soon finds out that Jacob is Anna's father and Helene's past lover. The striking face of Denmark's biggest star, Mads Mikkelsen, is among the few adults.
These references do not imply that we intend to announce such products, services or programs in your country. After Helene's confirmation, Jacob begins to get to know his daughter while Jorgen seemingly stalls the funding process for the orphanage. After consulting with his boss, and assuring the kids that he will return, Jacob sets out for his homeland, though clearly with mixed feelings. Knowing that Jorgen has brought Jacob back to Denmark to replace himself when he dies, the characters must decide what their definition of family is and what duties are implied with it. Cynical about Jorgen's sudden philanthropic urges, Jacob's suspicions that the trip is a waste of time are confirmed when their brief meeting is perfunctorily wrapped up with an inconclusive commitment and an invitation to the wedding of Jorgen's daughter, Anna Stine Fischer Christensen , that weekend.