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After the Wedding(Efter brylluppet)

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Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom · 2006
Rated R · 2h 4m
Director Susanne Bier
Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Fischer Christensen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård
Genre Drama

Jacob Pederson manages an orphanage on the verge of bankruptcy in Bombay, India. A Danish millionaire’s funding could save him-on the condition that Jacob visits Copenhagan to make his case in person. He must get the money and return to India in time for his adopted son's eighth birthday, but a life-altering family secret may delay him...

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Village Voice by

What happens after the wedding comprises a full three-quarters of Bier's epic, whose near-Biblical twists and turns--I wouldn't think of giving them away--are enough to fill four weepies.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

What feels at first like a quiet, straightforward picture builds into one of the richest and most satisfying of the year so far, in any genre or any language.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Evidently, this bloated piece of Oscar-nominated nonsense was a big hit in Denmark, which makes me think there's a glittering future in that otherwise discriminating country for several seasons of "Days of Our Lives."


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

With a third-act twist that outdoes that initial revelation, the film turns out to be a thoughtful exploration of paternity and responsibility. Much of the film's success lies in Bier's sensitive direction, but credit is also due to the fine cast, particularly Mikkelsen.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

After the Wedding would never pretend to have any answers, but in hands this skilled the act of exploration itself couldn't be more illuminating, or more dramatic.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Talented filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers), armed with an outstanding compositional sense, keeps control over the storms of melodrama that swirl in this rich weepie.

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