All You Need (9/10)
a terrific film about two lonely, vulnerable, middle-aged people and the
emotions they go through when they both travel, separately, to Italy for
the marriage of their children to one another. The acting by Pierce
Brosnan and Trine Dryholm is nothing short of spectacular. However,
despite the title, this has nothing to do with The Beatles (whose song
was entitled, All You Need is Love).
Directed by Susanne Bier from a story by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen,
who wrote the screenplay, this is a tender, sensitive, romantic film
that also presents terrific shots of Sorrento by director of photography
Morten Søborg and music by composer Johan Söderqvist that is at once
lighthearted and magical, and also touching and affective. Dean Martin’s
1953 megahit That’s Amore is played throughout enhancing the
romance. It’s the rare film that gets me to laugh and cry within the
space of 110 minutes.
year-old Dryholm gives an award–quality performance as a woman battling
cancer, dealing with a cheating husband, all the while being a good,
understanding mother to her two children and flashing one of the best
smiles on film. I have rarely seen a performance as good as the one she
gives here. But that should not be too surprising, as she appeared in
the best movie I saw last year, A Royal Affair. After Alec
Baldwin saw her in Troubled Water (2008), he called her
the best actress ever. After seeing her performance here, I cannot
disagree with him.
decades as an actor, Brosnan reaches his peak with this role. He’s
wasted his time with a lot of junk, like being a not very convincing
James Bond, participating in a horrible cast in Mamma Mia, and he
was as horrible in that as everybody else. But occasionally, I should
say rarely, he has branched out and taken roles that require talent and
range. He was good in The Ghost Writer (2010) and much better in
The Matador (also 2010). But here he reaches his zenith.
supporting cast is equally good. Paprika Steen is convincing as
Brosnan’s hateful sister-in-law. Kim Bodnia is Dryholm’s equally
unappealing husband. Sebastian Jessen is a Hugh Grant look-alike as
Brosnan’s son. Molly Blixt Egelind and Christiane Schaumburg-Müller
round out the cast giving good performances as Dryholm’s daughter and
Bodia’s mistress, respectively.
movie has several twists and turns, but it proceeds apace and, like most
good films, it’s best seen not knowing much about what’s going to
happen. 110 minutes might sound like a long time for a film like this,
but the time never dragged for me. In English, Danish, and Italian.