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NNarrative Competition

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

Original Title: Den skaldede frisør
Director: Susanne Bier
Denmark | Danish, English
2012 | 112min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
18+
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

Director,  Susanne Bier

Director,  Susanne Bier

Academy Award and Golden Globe winning writer/director Susanne Bier was born in Copenhagen and works in Denmark and the US. Among her 15 feature films are: Freud Leaving Home (1991), The One and Only (1999), Open Hearts (2002), Brothers (2004), After the Wedding (2006) and Things We Lost in the Fire (2007). In a Better World (2010), which won both the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film; and Love Is All You Need (2012), were both presented at ADFF.

Cast and Crew

Director
Susanne Bier
Cast
Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Christiane Schaumburg-Müller, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind
Production Company
Zentropa Entertainments
Music
Johan Söderqvist
Producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen , Vibeke Windeløv
Screenwriter
Anders Thomas Jensen, based on story by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen
Editor
Pernille Bech Christensen, Morten Egholm
Cinematographer
Morten Søborg
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