Thanks to Eclipse Pictures I watched a press screening of Love Is All You Need starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.
Once Bond always Bond, it is almost a vocation. But here Bond has put away his gun, taken on a vegetable empire and assumed a whole new back story while remaining the grieving widower.
Trine Dyrholm is a hairdresser in the recovery stages of cancer, who finds her husband cheating the day they have to leave for their daughter’s wedding in Italy. She is marrying Brosnan’s son and before you can say romantic entanglement the cast are on their way to the Mediterranean.
The first quarter of the film is almost all in Danish and then it skips between Danish and English sprinkled with Italian.
It is obvious enough that this is a romance from the title but they continue to beat us around the head with it and various other branches of imagery as the film progresses. The engine of the story splutters a bit at the beginning. Some of the supporting cast could have made more of an effort to convince us they weren’t acting. When the story slows down in various places at least we have the lovely Italian landscapes and villas to rely on.
Though Director Suzanne Bier does captured the cringe-filled atmosphere of when two families meet for weddings, in once scene there is a wonderful personality assassination of a loud and obnoxious character.
But it has a huge heart, despite Brosnan almost seeming that he may have preferred to be off somewhere stealing codes, he manages to have enough chemistry with his co-star Dyrholm and they clumsily wend their way through the plot. Dyrholm is absolutely delightful as the meek and awkward Ida
One for the very very Italy-starved and forgiving Romantics.
Love Is All You Need Opens in ireland April 19th