Love Is All You Need: Film review

Pippa O'Rourke

Love Is All You Need: Film review

Director: Susanne Bier

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm and Kim Bodnia

3.5 / 5

A far and welcome cry from the high octane action or mind-blowing 3D animation that frequents the box office, this is a film that takes you back to the bare bones of human emotion.

Filmed in Italy the stunning setting of Sorrento, Italy, and Denmark, 'Love Is All You Need' stars Pierce Brosnan alongside a talented Danish cast.

Surrounded by lemon groves, cypress trees and the unquestionable romance of an Italian summer, two very different families are brought together for the wedding of Astrid and Patrick in a beautiful old villa.

When the young couple's future happiness is suddenly jeopardised, the mother-of-the-bride, Ida (Trine Dyrhom) and the father-of-the-groom Philip (Brosnan) are brought together to try to set things right.

Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier ('In A Better World', 'After The Wedding') says she wanted to make a film about vulnerable people and the things in life we’d rather suppress.

Ida and Philip, both getting on with life despite some cruel blows, are transported to the most romantic place imaginable, alongside a host of comedic characters.

Filled with highs and lows, the film manages to broach a range of serious subjects (infidelity, illness, death and sexuality), carrying viewers through the full spectrum of emotion.

But, in the end, it's quite simply a quirky and beautifully heartwarming story of two lost souls.

'Love Is All You Need' is in NZ cinemas from December 13.