The soppy title is not quite representative of the film here. This is a Danish film, partly in Danish but mostly in English, set in Italy and with the original title of “The Bald Hairdresser”, which to me summons a lot more interest and avoids a Beatles song looping through my head the whole time.
Trine Dyrholm is the revelation and makes the film worth watching alone. She plays Ida, a hairdresser who is having some marital issues just as she prepares for the big family gathering of her daughter’s wedding near Sorrento in Italy. Pierce Brosnan plays Philip, a man who is alone but fine with that and concentrating on his job. Ida has a fantastic attitude towards all of life’s obstacles, of which there are many in this tale. For a rom-com it deals with some pretty weighty topics, but it always does so with a light hearted manner. Pierce Brosnan is also entertaining as Philip, slightly less grunty than he was as Bond.
The scenic high shots of the bay of Naples are beautiful and the film is colourfully filtered – in fact it feels like a long looping video advert for Sorrento at times, but not necessarily in a bad way.
Away from the main cast and the location, most of the supporting characters come across as actors unfortunately, particularly the son and daughter. They are all rather incidental.
At times funny, a comfortable and warm film, generally quite enjoyable. Like sitting in a deck chair in the sun by the sea.
3 on 5
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind, Christiane Schaumburg-Müller
UK release: 19th April 2013