After the Wedding

From The Movie Snob

After the Wedding (B+). This Danish movie (Efter Brylluppet in its native tongue) was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, and it really was quite good. Mads Mikkelsen, who played the villainous Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, stars as Jacob Petersen, a passionate do-gooder trying to run an orphanage for boys in India. The orphanage is desperate for funds, and out of the blue a Danish tycoon named Jorgen contacts him and offers to make a generous grant, but the catch is that Jacob has to travel to Denmark and meet Jorgen in person. At their initial meeting, Jorgen refuses to commit to the grant but invites Jacob to his daughter’s wedding the next day. There, Jacob meets Jorgen’s beautiful wife Helene–and it is obvious that they have met before. A shocking revelation soon follows, and the rest of the movie we watch the characters work their way through the emotional fallout from it. Melodramatic for sure, but well and convincingly acted. I enjoyed it a lot.

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