Country: Denmark, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany
Language: English. Danish. Italian.
Release Date: 2012
AKA: Den skaldede frisor
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm.
Director: Susanne Bier.

Love is All You Need

A Danish hairdresser, recuperating from a long bout of illness, is left by her husband for a younger woman. She travels to Italy alone for her daughter's wedding and meets the father of the groom, a bitter widower.

To put this into the foreign film category is a little bit of a stretch as the dialogue has an awful lot of English, due to Pierce Brosnan being the male protagonist, Phillip. But I've put it into the category anyway because of Trine Dyrholm who plays Ida, the main focus of the film, and a talented actor who switches easily from Danish to English while managing to completely steal every scene she is in.

Love is all you need is a look at dysfunctional families and the way people deal with the major ups and downs of life. Phillip, can't deal with the fact that his wife has died and is bitter and unable to communicate with his son, or anyone else for that matter, easily. Ida arrives home to find her husband in flagrante delicto with a young girl from his office. Ida, bitter and angry, leaves for Italy alone to attend her daughter's wedding. At the airport she backs into Phillip's car and they quickly establish they are on the same plane and going to the same wedding in Italy. This coincidence is highly unlikely but it does make the plot run smoother and gives the viewer the entertainment of watching Brosnan and Dyrholm interact in the confined space of their seats on the plane.

The sons (Ida's son arrives as well), daughter, sister-in-law, niece and the Italian help are all interesting, evolving characters which add to the plot and sub plots delightfully. With all the drama going on around them Ida's husband appears with his girlfriend from the office. Needless to say things don't go too well for him. Phillip and Ida cope by seeking each other's company and speaking about their feelings on the hurdles they've had to overcome.

While this film is mainly a comedy, the dark side of relationships with family and lovers is dealt with a swift hand by director Bier. This is no normal rom com, there are too many details that get in the way. Ida's illness, her husband, Phillip's son and sister in law all manage to obstruct the two getting anywhere near each other.

This is a lovely film and one that should be watched by anyone who is able to appreciate good story telling without the need for violence and high speed car chases. You could do a lot worse than giving up two hours of your time to watch this comedic drama unfold.