Love Is All You Need
Love Is All You NeedOriginal Title: Den skaldede frisør
Director: Susanne Bier
Denmark | Danish, English
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Hairdresser Ida (Trine Dyrholm) has had a rough year. She is recovering from a long-term illness, and she has just learned that her husband, Leif (Kim Bodnia), is cheating on her with one of his employees, a beautiful young blonde from accounting. At the airport, on the way to her daughter’s wedding in Italy, Ida accidently backs into another car.
As it turns out, the other car belongs to Philip (Pierce Brosnan), a wealthy businessman and the widower father of her soon-to-be son-in-law. As the two families finally gather in a beautiful old Italian villa set in the middle of a lemon grove, everyone is expecting a romantic
wedding planned down to the very last detail. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
In Love Is All You Need
, Oscar-and Golden Globe-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World
, ADFF 2010) returns to the romantic comedy genre for the first time since The One and Only
(1999), which was one of Danish cinema’s biggest box-office hits. Alternating between Copenhagen and scenic Sorrento, on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast, her new film celebrates the wondrous unpredictability of life, and in buoyant, positive Ida, creates a truly endearing heroine. As the young couple ponders whether or not to actually tie the knot, their parents find love where they were least expecting it.
Among the film’s many treats are a memorably bitchy supporting turn from sharp-tongued Paprika Steen as Philip’s scheming sister-in-law and Dean Martin crooning ‘That’s Amore’
on the soundtrack.
– Alissa Simon