Love Is All You Need (2012) Directed by Susanne Bier. With Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind, Paprika Steen, Christiane Schaumburg-Muller and Kim Bodnia.
As a lover of film, I love being taken by surprise. Susanne Bier’s stunning Love Is All You Need, represents perhaps the biggest surprise I have had in quite some time. Starring Pierce Brosnan and Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, the film is a multi-lingual, romantic drama-comedy funded by Danish, Swedish, French, German and Italian money, and it is absolutely beautiful.
The basic plot revolves around a young couple getting married in a small, rustic Italian seafront village…and their visiting relatives. The cinematography is breathtaking and instantly has the effect of making you want to find the nearest travel agent to book a last minute escape.
Essentially, a romantic-drama, the film also has its fair share of humour and poignancy. As mother of the bride-to-be, and central character of the piece, Ida, Trine Dyrholm is an arresting presence. In a delightfully classy performance, Dyrholm truly makes us root for her character, a feeling that is seldom genuinely elicited in the romantic comedy mainstream. Countering her sunny personality is a brilliantly grouchy Pierce Brosnan as father of the groom, Philip. As we learn more about them, and they learn more about each other, their characters become closer and closer to our hearts.
With an ensemble cast of colourful characters, and an extraordinarily beautiful backdrop, there is much to admire about Love Is All You Need. It has a fairytale quality to it, but at the same time is smart enough to not over-egg that particular pudding. Watch this with someone you love. 5/5