In "Love is All You Need" Pierce Brosnan does an outstanding job as Philip, a widowed business man who can barely make time to go to his son's wedding. Ida, played by Danish star Trine Dyrholm, is working in a beauty salon and taking care of her husband and son even as she finishes her cancer treatments. Ida's daughter is getting married to Philip's son. A car accident serves as Philip and Ida's introduction and doesn't make for good first impressions. The wedding has collisions as well, but Ida finds the silver lining no matter how cloudy the weather. A believable, realistic relationship film for audiences looking beyond the farce of romantic comedies, "Love is All You Need" isn't so much a romance as it is as a guide on how to be gracious when your family is dysfunctional. The plot resolutions may be predictable, but the path taken is not. The awkward chemistry between Brosnan and Dyrholm is achingly bittersweet. The performances are so intimate it's more like eavesdropping than watching a DVD. The film is half in English and half in Danish with subtitles, but the facial expressions tell more truths than the dialogue. The film runs the gamut of emotions from joy, heartbreak, and anger, but mostly it deals with love in its many guises.
--Cindy F., Headquarters