After the Wedding

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After the Wedding
After the Wedding.jpg
Promotional poster for After the Wedding
Directed bySusanne Bier
Produced bySisse Graum Olsen
Written bySusanne Bier
Anders Thomas Jensen
StarringMads Mikkelsen
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Music byJohan Söderqvist
CinematographyMorten Søborg
Edited byPernille Bech Christensen
Morten Højbjerg
Distributed byNordisk Film (DK)
Soda Pictures (UK)
IFC Films (US)
Release date
  • 24 February 2006 (2006-02-24)
Running time
120 minutes
Box office$11.6 million[1]

After the Wedding (Danish: Efter brylluppet) is a 2006 Danish drama directed by Susanne Bier, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Sidse Babett Knudsen. The film was a critical and popular success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost out to The Lives of Others.


Jacob Petersen manages an Indian orphanage. With a small staff, he works as hard as he can to keep the orphanage afloat and is personally invested in the young charges - in particular, Pramod, a young boy Jacob has cared for since the boy's birth. The orphanage has been in danger of collapse for eight years and faces bankruptcy. A Danish corporation offers a substantial donation to maintain the orphanage provided Jacob returns to Denmark (where he grew up) to receive the award in person. Apparently the CEO, Jørgen Hannson, wishes to meet Jacob.

Pramod is upset when he learns that Jacob must travel to Copenhagen, and is insistent that Jacob return for Pramod's birthday, which is in eight days. Jacob departs for Denmark; once there, he is greeted by a driver and a young man named Christian; he is checked into a luxurious suite paid for by the corporation.

When Jacob meets with Jørgen, the latter says he is still considering which project to fund. This surprises Jacob, who had understood that the decision was already made. Jørgen's daughter, Anna, is to marry Christian and Jørgen invites Jacob to the wedding. During the ceremony Jørgen's wife, Helene, notices Jacob. They are formally introduced during the reception, though both of them have recognized each other. She was the love of Jacob's life, but he was unfaithful with her best friend, and they broke up twenty years prior.

During Anna's speech at the marriage festivities, Jacob learns that she is not the biological daughter of Jørgen. His suspicion that she might be his daughter is confirmed by Helene the next day. Jacob is angry to have only learned of his daughter after two decades. Helene claims that they had tried to track him down in India but were unsuccessful. She is compelled to tell Anna of Jacob now; the two meet and get along well, if slightly awkwardly.

Jørgen stalls the negotiations relating to funding, which distresses Jacob because of his promise to return for Pramod's birthday. Jacob attempts to explain the situation to a disappointed Pramod, who cuts their telephone call short. Jørgen discloses that he will create a foundation in Jacob's and Anna's name and fund it with a large sum of money. One of the conditions of the contract would be that Jacob must live in Denmark.

Jacob initially finds himself unable to comply, because he is thinking of Pramod and the other children who have been part of his life for so long. He also resents the implication that he could be bought by Jørgen.

When Jacob storms out, Jørgen runs after him and admits the real motivation: he is terminally ill and will soon die. Jørgen had brought Jacob to Denmark so he could care for Anna and Helene, as well as Morten and Martin, Jørgen's twin sons. Angered at this deception, Jacob hastily leaves for his hotel room. Later, Anna arrives distressed because she has just discovered Christian with another woman. Jacob comforts her, realizing his need for her in his life. He signs the contract with Jørgen with the conditions intact.

Jørgen dies. On Jacob's next visit to India, construction work at the orphanage is well underway. Jacob asks Pramod if he would like to come to Denmark to live with him, but partly because Jacob used to rail against the rich, Pramod decides to stay in his home country.



The film premiered in Denmark on 24 February 2006.[2][3] The film had its North American premiere as a gala at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival[4] on September 15, 2006.[3] The film opened in wide release in the United Kingdom on 9 March 2007. It opened in limited release in the United States on March 30, 2007.[3][5][6]


Critical response[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 86% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 95 reviews.[7]

Time magazine's Richard Schickel named the film one of the Top 10 Movies of 2007, ranking it at #4, calling it a "dark, richly mounted film". While Schickel saw the film as possibly "old-fashioned stylistically, and rather manipulative in its plotting", he also saw "something deeply satisfying in the way it works out the fates of its troubled, yet believable characters."[8]


  • Academy Awards
    • Best Foreign Language Film (nominated)
  • Bodil Awards
    • Best Supporting Actress (Fischer Christensen, won)
    • Best Film (Bier, nominated)
    • Best Actor (Lassgård, nominated)
    • Best Actress (Knudsen, nominated)
  • European Film Awards
    • Best Actor (Mikkelsen, nominated)
    • Best Director (Bier, nominated)
  • Festroia International Film Festival
    • Jury Special Prize (Bier, won)
    • Best Actor (Lassgård, won)
  • Film by the Sea International Film Festival
    • Audience Award (Bier, won)
  • Robert Awards
    • Best Supporting Actress (Fischer Christensen, won)
    • Best Actor (Mikkelsen, nominated)
    • Best Actress (Knudsen, nominated)
    • Best Cinematography (Søborg, nominated)
    • Best Costume Design (Manon Rasmussen, nominated)
    • Best Editor (Bech Christensen and Højbjerg, nominated)
    • Best Film (Bier and Jørgensen, nominated)
    • Best Make-Up (Charlotte Laustsen, nominated)
    • Best Screenplay, Original (Jensen, nominated)
    • Best Sound (Eddie Simonsen and Kristian Eidnes Andersen, nominated)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Lassgård, nominated)
  • Rouen Nordic Film Festival
    • Best Actress (Knudsen, won)


Husband-and-wife team, actress Julianne Moore and writer-director Bart Freundlich are set to remake the film for an English-speaking audience, taking place in New York and India. German actress Diane Kruger will star alongside Moore. Production is expected to begin in the northern spring of 2018.[9][10][11][12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Hun stiller skarpt på familien". Kristeligt Dagblad. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Efter brylluppet (2006) - Release dates". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  4. ^ "North American Premiere Of Susanne Bier's After The Wedding A Gala Presentation". Archived from the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  5. ^ Bonet, Christopher (2007-03-26). "Opening This Week: March 30th, 2007". IFC Films. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  6. ^ "IFCFilms: Tickets and Showtimes". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  7. ^ After the Wedding at Rotten Tomatoes
  8. ^ Schickel, Richard (2007-12-09). "Top 10 Movies". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
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