Saturday, February 15, 2014

After the Wedding (2006)

IMDb plot summary: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Directed by Susanne Bier. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgård, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Stine Fischer Christensen.

(Vague spoilers for a subplot.)

This is a very satisfying, well-acted drama that has a few really beautifully-crafted moments. This movie doesn't waste its important moments on needless melodrama -- characters are restrained and sensible for the most part -- so when it DOES have an emotionally dramatic scene, it's much more powerful. In particular, there's a scene where a dying character thrashes and screams about not wanting to die that brought tears to my eyes. There's an understatedness to this movie that I really enjoy. 3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #632 out of 2027, below Once Upon a Mattress and above Death to Smoochy.

Stream free with Amazon Prime or rent it for $2.99.

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