“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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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