Friday, 26 April 2013

Film: 'LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED'.

Two Danish film within four days - and this is a curious one.

Appearing rather oddly among a non-English speaking cast, Pierce Brosnan plays the widowed father of a prospective groom, travelling to picture-postcard rural Italy for his son's wedding where (actually at the airport) he is 'bumped into' by the wife-to-be's mother, whom he didn't know, on the way to the same destination. (Only in films!). She (red dress, above) is recovering from post-mastectomy chemo-therapy - and has only just been shocked when discovering her husband in delicto flagrante with a young female employee from his workplace. This husband turns up at the wedding venue, actually bringing along his 'affair'. Therein lie the tensions of this gathering which provide the film's dramatic impetus. But something major occurs two-thirds of the way through (which I hadn't foreseen), which skews events and shifts the central focus from the wedding event to the burgeoning relationship between the Brosnan character and the mother, Trine Dyrholm  - who is really very good indeed, with a lovely smile covering up her inner suffering on the two subjects of her cancer fears and her husband's infidelity.

Brosnan speaks only English, though appearing to understand all the Danish (a lot of it) addressed to him. Although in the role as father he does acquit himself quite well, displaying a spectrum of emotions, I can't help feeling he is a distraction in what is essentially a drama of two families. I think if a Danish actor had been used it would have been a stronger film, though I suppose Brosnan was brought in in the hope that he would give the film a better chance on the international market.
The 'event' two-thirds through, which I mentioned, left me a bit dumbfounded initially, as I thought it was a bit flip and cliched for 2013, but it was handled competently enough and succeeded in re-focussing the story onto the two main participants.

Btw: A strange co-incidence. A few days ago, Mitch @ http://mitchellismoving.blogspot.co.uk  posted a blog which included Dean Martin's song 'That's Amore', about which I added a fairly substantial comment. I don't think I'd heard that song since my first and only viewing of 'Moonstruck' in 1987, when it was used over the opening credits. Would you believe that at the start of this new film we once again hear Mr Martin crooning, to the lilting waltz, the words "When the moon hits your eye like a big piece of pie (sic) - that's amore!" Spooky!

I quite liked this film, though more in a sense of 'it ought to have been even better', but it was still quite good entertainment. Usually when my opinion changes from what I thought immediately following seeing a film to the morning after, it's a case of increasing regard for it. This time it's gone the other way. Nevertheless I'd still give it a slightly more than adequate...................6/10

13 comments:

  1. Hi Ray - I quite liked the sound of this when I read the reviews last week but I had the same thought as you - why Brosnan?! I think you're right - to enhance it's International appeal. I think you're review would coincide with my own from what I know of it.

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  2. Yes, Craig - it's 'Okay plus' at the moment, though I fear that after further time the 'plus' bit might disappear.

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    1. Btw Craig, Sorry, but I've only just noticed that I'd mistakenly ascribed the Dean Martin song to your own blog. Now corrected - but at least you got a brief 'plug' out of it.

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    2. No problem Ray. Though I did wonder if I was having a senior moment and had forgotten that I'd posted that!

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    3. Ah well, you'll get used to that, Craig - but when things like that happen they are still annoying.

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  3. I thought I would say hello even though I have not seen this film either. The reviews are fun to read but I have no brilliant comments for them.
    hohoho

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    1. 'Hello' to you in return, Dr Spo. Even your non-comments are entertaining so rest assured that nothing from you is wasted.

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  4. Me thinks I will enjoy this one

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    1. There ARE things to enjoy, J.G. It's by no means a dud. I would caution you, though, into thinking that it's a romantic-COMEDY (as Mark Kermode calls it - and who liked it rather more than I did). There is a small smattering of amusing moments, though which are heavily outweighed by its being an emotional drama. However, I certainly wouldn't warn anyone off from seeing it.

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  5. Ray, As you asked, I wrote my thoughts about "Pines." See your "Pines" posting.

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    1. Thanks, Paul. I'll go there now.

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  6. Ah, that big piece of pie. Amore!

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    1. Yes, Mitch. When the song started I got that spine-tingling feeling of a very strange coincidence. Such a big one, though in this case the subject matter was trivial, that it makes one reflect that there's more to life than what is on the surface (if that's not TOO profound).

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