Magazine article Screen International

Susanne Bier on 'The Beauty of Romantic Comedy'

Magazine article Screen International

Susanne Bier on 'The Beauty of Romantic Comedy'

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Cancer-themed movies tend to be grueling and very heavy affairs. Oscar winning Danish director Susanne Bier's crowdpleaser Love Is All You Need is surely one of the only forays into the genre that can be labeled a romantic comedy.

Speaking in Venice after the film's world premiere, Bier said "everybody involved in this film has had a close relationship with cancer."Her own mother (who was on the Lido to support the screening) has battled breast cancer twice. The writer Anders Thomas Jensen's mother died from cancer and the star Pierce Brosnan had a wife who died from the disease."My mother has this spirit. She is an extremely light and positive person...she would all the time figure out a way of seeing something positive in a situation that is very painful," the director acknowledged of the inspiration she drew close to home. "There is nothing in the actual story that has to do with her story but her character traits are built upon."Bier was determined to make a film that was "comedic" and "light" in spite of the film featuring a female protagonist (played by Trine Dyrlholm) who had lost a breast, is forced to wear a wig and is being cheated on by her husband. …

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