My most preferred genre of cinematography is romantic comedy and this movie scratches that itch. I truly appreciate how beautifully it’s been filmed with scenic backdrops of Sorrento, Italy overlooking the Bay of Naples. The song “That’s Amore” might just seem a tad bit overused and clichéd but it’s digestible if you’re as desperate a romantic as I am.
The movie is about love lost and love discovered anew. How it can happen to you at any time and sometimes be the only thing that saves the day. The main characters are Pierce Brosnan as Philip and Trine Dryholm as Ida. Ida is a middle hairdresser who is shown to have just recuperated form and struggled with breast cancer, only to come home and find her marriage in shambles as she walks in on her husband Lief (Kim Bodnia) having sex with his young blond accountant. To make it worse, instead of apologizing he ends up citing the pathetic excuse that her illness hasn’t been easy to deal with for him.
On the other hand we have Philip who is a wealthy British importer of fruits and vegetables and even years later still grieves over the death of his wife in a senseless accident. His son Patrick (Sebastian Jessen) is about to wed Ida’s daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) just after having known each other for three months only. As you have guessed the wedding has a dark ominous cloud hovering over it as Patrick has unresolved daddy issues, resenting Philip for not being there emotionally in his life. His relationship with Astrid is suffering as a result of his own emotionally restrained personality.
Philip and Ida run into each other on their way to the wedding of their children. The scene is again clichéd with a car bumping in an underground garage. However, barring the unimaginative meeting scene, it’s still cute. They figure out they are headed to the same wedding and become rather cordial with each other. Philip warms to Ida excessively as he is introduced to her optimistic, up-beat, brave way of taking on life and facing discomfiting situations. As she faces her husband and his girlfriend’s arrival with exemplary composure, Philip’s heart is won over by her grace.
To add a delicious comic ingredient, we have into the mix the arrival of Benedikte (Paprika Steen), who is the sister of Philips dead wife. She is a rude, deluded woman who has convinced herself, in her delusional grandeur, that she and Philip have a flaming passion for one another. I loved her character for its lively, colorful presence in the film.
As the movie winds down to its predictable ending, you come away with a good feeling which is something I love about rom-com genre.