Den skaldede frisør
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen
Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind, Christiane Schaumburg-Müller, Micky Skeel Hansen
Ida (Trine Dyrholm) has just halfway recovered from breast cancer and is planning a trip to Italy where her daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) is about to get married to Patrick (Sebastian Jessen). But just before she leaves, she catches her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) in bed with Thilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Müller), her son Kenneth (Micky Skeel Hansen) deploys as a soldier, she meets Patrick’s father Philip (Pierce Brosnan), a grumpy workaholic and widower, and it just seems a time for rebooting all around.
Den skaldede frisør is quite the departure from Hævnen. Where that movie was all heavy earnestness, Den skaldede frisør is mostly entertaining fluff (in fact, the parts that try to be more serious don’t work out that much). Not quite what I expected, but I did enjoy it.
The more movies I see with Trine Dyrholm, the more I love that woman. She is absolutely fantastic. She’s subtle, emotional and just plain great. It’s good to see that she got a great character to play (with), too. And Paprika Steen, Molly Blixt Egelind and Christiane Schaumburg-Müller were wonderful, too. So many awesome (though not all likeable) female characters in one movie… it’s just wow. [The only thing is, though, that I do believe that the movie still fails the Bechdel test. I didn't pay attention to that while watching, but I can't recall any conversation that would fit the bill now.]
That is not to say that the male cast wasn’t good, too. Especially Kim Bodnia was brilliant. Pierce Brosnan was the weakest link in a great cast, though.
The movie does try to make itself a bit more than just standard RomCom fare, but unfortunately that is where it mostly falls flat. While I loved Astrid, I thought that her plot with all the drama around Patrick just wasn’t really necessary at all. It felt out of place (though not as much as the hinted-at-but-not-really-made-something-of problems of Benedikte’s daughter). And also Philip’s take-down of Benedikte was brutal. Not entirely uncalled for, but it was harsh to watch in a film that is otherwise mostly about the fun things in life.
I rarely call for movies to be a little more standard, but a I think that it would have done this one good to not try and be about the hard stuff, too, a little bit, somehow. If they had instead concentrated on the fluff, it would have made for a better-rounded experience. Nevertheless, it was still enjoyable.