After the Wedding
2006 (R) 119 min. Denmark/subtitles
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgard, Stine Christensen
Jacob Peterson runs a struggling orphanage in India. Desperate to save it from closure, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen, a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. Jorgen offers Jacob a seemingly innocent invitation to attend his daughter’s wedding. What appears to be nothing more than a friendly gesture sets in motion a devastating series of surprises, revelations and confessions that will forever change their lives. This is a movie about family ties and whether they have meaning. Although Jacob has never been married, he finds himself torn between two families: the orphanage and one in Denmark. Circumstances place him in the eye of a dilemma and he must face a decision that will damn some part of his soul regardless of what he decides. People need him in both India and Denmark and deciding where his loyalties and his future lie represent the core of AFTER THE WEDDING’s drama and ultimate meaning. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
“The characters are fascinating and nuanced and the actors go for broke…it really is possible that one or two scenes will stay with you for the rest of your life.” – Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISO CHRONICLE
“A rich, intricate and very gripping movie.” – Richard Schickel, TIME MAGAZINE
“A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past.” – William Arnold, SEATTLE-POST INTELLIGENCER