Susanne Bier, long known for her ability to probe into the darkest corners of the human heart and come out with some awful findings, has created a sunny, funny love story with minimal emphasis on the guilt/stress factor. “Love is All You Need” is set in a sun-drenched Amalfi where a young couple get married and their parents start over. If a snake is slithering around in this veritable Garden of Eden, it’s the kind that doesn’t bite.
Bier is on top form as she follows her protagonist, recovering cancer patient Ida (Trine Dyrholm), who’s forever nervously adjusting her blonde wig after a long bout of chemo. With the news that her daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) is about to tie the knot in a lovely Italian villa, Ida tries to fling discomfort and anxiety aside to bask in the joyous occasion. And when she walks in on her husband in bed with his young accountant, her first instinct is to flee the scene first and repay him later.
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Along the way she collides with her future son-in-law’s dad (Pierce Brosnan), who is an uptight, work-obsessed widower nursing his own grievances. Need one say what happens next? Maybe we have children not in order for them to take care of us in old age but because we may get to meet someone at their weddings. (K.S.)