After the Wedding
Jacob (Casino Royale's Eurotrash villain Mads Mikkelsen) works at an Indian orphanage--and has for some time, judging by his sun-baked skin and wet, faraway eyes. Jorgen (Rolf Lassg‰rd), a wealthy Danish investor, promises a large gift to Jacob's orphanage, but only if Jacob travels to his Denmark home country to collect it. A weekend turns into something longer when Jorgen invites Jacob to his 20-year-old daughter Anna's (Stine Fischer Christensen) wedding, where Jacob sees Jorgen's wife, Helene (Sidse Babette Knudsen), a woman he hasn't seen in two decades--she was once his lover in India. And when, during his toast, Jorgen says that even though Anna isn't his biological daughter he has always loved her like she was, Jacob sees the worry in Helene's eyes and starts to wonder just why she left him 20 years ago. Melodrama gets a grippingly overheated and surprisingly emotional workout under director Susanne Bier's stalking camera and superficially contrived plot. The kicker is how well it all comes off: Bier, who directed Dogme No. 28, 2002's Open Hearts, takes the emotional and visual intensity of such manifesto moviemaking and seamlessly integrates them into a complexly taut story and modestly more conventional drama.