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February 20, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's movies are infused with an intimate concern for family yet often play out on a global stage. "Brothers," which won an audience award at Sundance in 2005, revolved around two siblings, one of whom was sent on a mission to Afghanistan. Her Oscar-nominated 2006 drama, "After the Wedding," concerned a man managing an orphanage in India. Now she's back with "In a Better World," up for an Oscar this year for foreign-language film. It centers on a Swede who works in Kenya and is struggling to raise two sons.
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May 15, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
This is the time of year when the number of indie movies in theaters shrinks while the big, brassy ones beat the drum loudly, with little satisfaction to be found in all that noise. Unless you want to fight the first-weekend crowds for a "Star Trek Into Darkness" ticket, which is definitely worth your dime, consider going small and light with "Love Is All You Need. " It's the latest from Danish director Susanne Bier, an Oscar-winning specialist in family dramas. So it's nice to see her go for frothy for a wedding weekend that explores all the ways romance can surprise you at any point in life.
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May 15, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
This is the time of year when the number of indie movies in theaters shrinks while the big, brassy ones beat the drum loudly, with little satisfaction to be found in all that noise. Unless you want to fight the first-weekend crowds for a "Star Trek Into Darkness" ticket, which is definitely worth your dime, consider going small and light with "Love Is All You Need. " It's the latest from Danish director Susanne Bier, an Oscar-winning specialist in family dramas. So it's nice to see her go for frothy for a wedding weekend that explores all the ways romance can surprise you at any point in life.
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May 2, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's excellent tragedies tend to feature the sorts of characters and conflicts that turn up in her newest movie, "Love Is All You Need. " We meet a heartbroken widower, a breast-cancer survivor, an unfaithful husband, an estranged son, another headed off to war, a bulimic teenager and witness a wedding that is threatening to implode. But this time, the writer-director has used her favorite themes to whip up a frothy confection and set it to Dean Martin's mellow "That's Amore.
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May 1, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Pierce Brosnan was self-assured and sexy as James Bond in four blockbusters. He warbled ABBA in the 2008 musical "Mamma Mia!" and played a former British prime minister in Roman Polanski's 2010 thriller "The Ghost Writer. " But be vulnerable? Not so much. Enter Danish director Susanne Bier, whose complex family drama "In a Better World" won the foreign language Oscar two years ago. She was looking to do an unabashed romantic comedy. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films "There are so many cynical films at the moment and cynical romantic comedies of various kinds," she said.
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December 16, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar serve as cinematic ambassadors for their home countries. Many of the films in this year's crop concern themselves with reaching across borders, those between nations and, in a few cases, the one between this world and the next. Here's a look at a few of them. Much of Susanne Bier's "In a Better World," the entry from Denmark, is taken up with domestic affairs: two marriages splintered, one by illness and one by infidelity, and two sons who decide to respond to the violence of a schoolyard bully with violence of their own. But that story is framed by cutaways to one of the boys' fathers, who is working as a United Nations doctor in a destabilized African country.
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May 2, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's excellent tragedies tend to feature the sorts of characters and conflicts that turn up in her newest movie, "Love Is All You Need. " We meet a heartbroken widower, a breast-cancer survivor, an unfaithful husband, an estranged son, another headed off to war, a bulimic teenager and witness a wedding that is threatening to implode. But this time, the writer-director has used her favorite themes to whip up a frothy confection and set it to Dean Martin's mellow "That's Amore.
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April 1, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How do we react to the presence of evil and injustice when, as an adult or a child, it intrudes on our world? It's easy enough to say "you fight it," but the reality is never that simple. When do we act, how far do we go, what price are we willing to pay? When, if ever, is retaliation legitimate? How do we deal, finally, with the pain and suffering of the world? The Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has a potent gift for turning abstract, moral questions like these into edge-of-your-seat compelling dramas that examine, with devastating effect, the complex web of feelings that make us who we are. With "In A Better World," which deservedly won this year's best foreign language Oscar, she has outdone even herself.
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February 28, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Open Hearts," Denmark's official Oscar entry for foreign-language film, has a wonderfully apt title. The film explores how people deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe that upends the lives of a young couple and of a doctor and his family. What director Susanne Bier reveals in her film is that those willing to strive for emotional honesty -- those who have the courage to open their hearts -- have a chance of healing and getting on with their lives.
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January 18, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
List makers have whittled the 61 films entered in the foreign-language film category for the 79th Academy Awards down to nine contenders.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Pierce Brosnan was self-assured and sexy as James Bond in four blockbusters. He warbled ABBA in the 2008 musical "Mamma Mia!" and played a former British prime minister in Roman Polanski's 2010 thriller "The Ghost Writer. " But be vulnerable? Not so much. Enter Danish director Susanne Bier, whose complex family drama "In a Better World" won the foreign language Oscar two years ago. She was looking to do an unabashed romantic comedy. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films "There are so many cynical films at the moment and cynical romantic comedies of various kinds," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How do we react to the presence of evil and injustice when, as an adult or a child, it intrudes on our world? It's easy enough to say "you fight it," but the reality is never that simple. When do we act, how far do we go, what price are we willing to pay? When, if ever, is retaliation legitimate? How do we deal, finally, with the pain and suffering of the world? The Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has a potent gift for turning abstract, moral questions like these into edge-of-your-seat compelling dramas that examine, with devastating effect, the complex web of feelings that make us who we are. With "In A Better World," which deservedly won this year's best foreign language Oscar, she has outdone even herself.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's movies are infused with an intimate concern for family yet often play out on a global stage. "Brothers," which won an audience award at Sundance in 2005, revolved around two siblings, one of whom was sent on a mission to Afghanistan. Her Oscar-nominated 2006 drama, "After the Wedding," concerned a man managing an orphanage in India. Now she's back with "In a Better World," up for an Oscar this year for foreign-language film. It centers on a Swede who works in Kenya and is struggling to raise two sons.
NEWS
December 16, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar serve as cinematic ambassadors for their home countries. Many of the films in this year's crop concern themselves with reaching across borders, those between nations and, in a few cases, the one between this world and the next. Here's a look at a few of them. Much of Susanne Bier's "In a Better World," the entry from Denmark, is taken up with domestic affairs: two marriages splintered, one by illness and one by infidelity, and two sons who decide to respond to the violence of a schoolyard bully with violence of their own. But that story is framed by cutaways to one of the boys' fathers, who is working as a United Nations doctor in a destabilized African country.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Academy Award winner -- and "Girl on Fire" -- Jennifer Lawrence will star in and produce "The Rules of Inheritance," Deadline Hollywood confirms.  The film is an adaptation of Claire Bidwell's Smith 2012 memoir of the same title, about her parents' diagnosis of cancer when she was just 14. The memoir recounts Smith's coming-of-age and struggle with grief as she loses both parents within seven years and throws herself into romance, travel...
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May 13, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Few relationships have as much potential for interpersonal fireworks as the ones between siblings, and few films are as fearless in the face of raw and intense emotions as the compelling new Danish feature called simply "Brothers." The deserving winner of the Sundance Film Festival's world cinema audience award for drama, "Brothers" has an exact sense of emotional truth and a respect for the intricacy of character.
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