Conclusion: Danish director Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need is a charming yet refreshingly serious romantic comedy that should appeal to a wide variety of viewers. It is really beautifully shot on location in Sorrento and looks absolutely fantastic on Blu-ray. Also included on this release are some very informative supplemental features, including a very honest interview with Pierce Brosnan and the lovely Trine Dyrholm. See this film with someone special. RECOMMENDED.
Excerpt: It can be satisfying to see stereotypically melodramatic tropes fulfilled on screen, but when a film becomes the trope so entirely that one can guess the ending and the various subplots within the first few minutes, the effect is dispiriting. Such is the case with Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need , a comedy of wish-fulfillment that follows a perky and upbeat hairdresser, Ida (Trine Dyrholm), who's just completed chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Excerpt: After visiting the doctor for the latest news on her cancer treatment, hairdresser Trine Dyrholm returns home to find her husband (Kim Bodnia) shtupping his office accountant. (“I thought you were at chemo,” he offers by way of an apology.) Elsewhere in Copenhagen, expat widower Pierce Brosnan declines a dance date with a colleague, telling her he’s twirled his last tango. Can this embittered duo learn to love again?
Summary: You wouldn’t think there’s much to laugh about in a tale of a woman recovering from breast cancer who finds her husband cheating on her with a younger woman. But remarkably, in Love Is All You Need , Danish director Susanne Bier weaves a wry and humorous story of middle-aged romance against the odds.
Excerpt: There is a cocktail of family relationships all being stirred in a lemon grove on the Italian coast. "Love is All You Need" is a subversive and gently amusing comedy about romance the next time around. The scenery is spectacular, the characters credible and likeable, but somehow the story doesn't quite achieve its potential. Maybe a little more is needed.