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Trailer for Susanne Bier's 'Love is All You Need' is a Bit Odd

Starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm

Love is All You Need posterThis trailer for Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need is so confusing to me. In it Pierce Brosnan plays an Englishman living in Denmark and for some reason he runs around speaking English while everyone else is speaking Danish and they clearly understand him and he understands them, but why aren't they all speaking the same language? Perhaps that's all part of the wacky vibe Bier is going for as this is clearly not the dramatic fare we are largely used to praising out of Bier such as After the Wedding and In a Better World, but it just struck me as odd.

Love is All You Need played the Toronto Film Festival and didn't exactly make a splash, but Sony Pictures Classics picked it up and will distribute the film in 2013. Here's the synopsis:

Love is All You Need is a new film by Oscar winner Susanne Bier, written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Philip, an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from chemotherapy, who has just learned that her husband is leaving her for a woman half his age from the accounts department. The fates of these two bruised souls are about to intertwine as they embark for Italy to attend the wedding of his son, Patrick, to her daughter, Astrid. With warmth, affection and confidence, Susanne Bier has shaken a cocktail of love, loss, absurdity, humour and delicately drawn characters that will leave only the hardest heart untouched. It is a film about the simple yet profound pains and joys of moving on – and forward – with your life.

Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia and Christiane Schaumburg-Muller co-star. Check out the trailer directly below.

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  • Jarrod

    It's got Pierce Brosnan as the romantic lead: of course, the film is odd.

  • Azfar

    "This trailer for Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need is so confusing to me. In it Pierce Brosnan plays an Englishman living in Denmark and for some reason he runs around speaking English while everyone else is speaking Danish and they clearly understand him and he understands them, but why aren't they all speaking the same language?"

    Your first line over here makes me wonder whether you even saw the trailer Brad! Generally when people are talking to Brosnan in this trailer, they're speaking English. Everyone in Denmark has a very good knowledge of English, so its no surprise that they understand him and communicate with him in English.
    But even more basic than that, some people can understand a language to a great extent but are uncomfortable in speaking it themselves, which could explain Brosnan and also his general uneasiness with Denmark. But you're right about the other thing...this movie doesnt look appealing at all.

  • Luire

    The movie looks fine.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/smiler998/ Ian Miles

    Agree with Azfar comments about language. However not about his analysis of the film. Danish films are generally much more subtle than films in the US, where 90% of the effort is spent on character and the story and 10% of effect rather than the opposite. That is perhaps why it is confusing. Add to that a required understanding of Danish culture. It is Mamma Mia respun by Nimbus or Zentropa films. Easy really and a great film. I guess Italian for Beginners would also confuse!