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With: Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Fischer Christensen, Rolf Lassgård, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Christian Tafdrup, Frederik Gullits Ernst, Kristian Gullits Ernst, Ida Dwinger
Written by: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen
Directed by: Susanne Bier
MPAA Rating: R for some language and a scene of sexuality
Language: Danish, Swedish, Hindi, English with English subtitles
Running Time: 120
Date: 02/24/2006

After the Wedding (2006)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Flutter and Vows

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The fifth and final 2006 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film arrives with a whimper; it's not particularly bad, but unmemorable. Its one attribute is the unique and charismatic actor Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), with his impossibly pointy cheekbones, beady eyes and reptilian lips that look as if they're about to slide right off his face. His Jacob runs an orphanage in India and returns to Denmark for a meeting with a bigwig. There, he discovers the daughter he never knew he had, and the expected hysterics ensue. Director Susanne Bier (Open Hearts) attempts to draw thematic connections across her tentative yarn, but can't quite make them reach. Her handheld, digital camerawork provides an ultra-realistic, immediate feel, but also highlights the film's cautious, dramatic sidestepping. (Please read my full-length review at

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