Synopsis: Workaholic widower (Pierce Brosnan) travels to Italy for the wedding of his son. En route he bumps into the mother (Trine Dyrholm) of his son's fiancee who is waiting for the all clear after treatment for breast cancer.
Stan's thoughts: Confess that the poster initially put me off this film, it looked too Mama Mia but then I heard film critic Mark Kermode praising it.
I hadn't realised it was a Danish film and, yes, I can be a bit of a foreign film snob, so I decided to catch it before it disappears from cinemas and I'm so glad I did.
It is a very grounded film and by that I mean it feels closer to real life than you'd usually get on screen. I put that down to it not being a Hollywood made film; Hollywood would blush at showing a 41-year-old woman, who looks like she has eaten more than salad all her life, swimming naked in the sea, let alone a woman who has has a mastectomy.
This is about humans with flaws, a film of heart and depth that elevates it above the usual romantic fare. It has its light moments, charm and a performance from Pierce Brosnan I never expected to see. A lovely and genuinely warm film.
- Stan's 78%
- IMDB 64%
- Metascore 58%
- Rotten Tomatoes 73%