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‘Love’ needs more than Bier’s generic romance

Pierce Brosnan is Philip and Trine Dyrholm is Ida in Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need.”
Pierce Brosnan is Philip and Trine Dyrholm is Ida in Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need.”Doane Gregory/Sony Pictures Classics/AP

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Love Is All You Need

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” suggests Dean Martin via song at the beginning of Susanne Bier’s insipid rom-com. If only the film were that subtle. Bier spices up the long-hackneyed generic formula with lush location cinematography, outstanding performances from Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm – both elevating their roles far beyond the material – and subtitles, but otherwise the movie needs a lot more than love.

So does Ida (Dyrholm), who has gone into remission after surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer. But a little love wouldn’t hurt, and she’s not getting any at home. Instead she comes home early from treatment to find her boorish husband and his co-worker from accounting crunching more than numbers on the living room sofa.

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