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After The Wedding (2006)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: B-

 

 

Mads Mikkelsen is now internationally recognized as the villain from the Daniel Craig James Bond film Casino Royale (2006, reviewed elsewhere on this site) and was a well-established actor before that huge hit.That would leave renewed interest in his work for people to see how good he is outside of the 007 franchise and a good place to start is Susanne Bierís ambitious drama After The Wedding (2006) now on DVD.

 

Mikkelsen is Jacob, a good guy who runs an orphanage in India.It is barely getting by, it is in one of the poorest places n that country and he is the father figure for some great kids who deserve a second chance.In order to help the orphanage, he goes back to his home in Denmark to get the help of the wealthy Jorgen (Rolf Lassgard) who has some secrets to hide and even invites Jacob to his wedding.What seems simple and pat begins a cycle of crazy events that challenge Jacobís morals and reveal all kinds of secrets that will impact all involved.

 

Bier directs this film with some skill and the mostly unknown cast is very good.Though the overall film does not have the total impact expected after doing so much and having solid writing for its nearly two-hours, its critical accolades make enough sense and I was glad I saw it.You should too.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft, looks like it was shot on digital High Definition and has detail hazing, depth limits and does not always look as good as it could.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not bad, but this is very dialogue-based and rarely uses its surrounds to any extent.Extras include deleted scenes of interest and an on-camera interview with Bier.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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