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‘Love’ needs more than Bier’s generic romance

‘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, Leif (Kim Bodnia), and his co-worker from accounting, Tilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller), crunching more than numbers on the living room sofa. Confronted by Ida, Leif gets weepy and tells her that she has no consideration for how bad he’s been feeling since she got sick. Lots of room for character development there.

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