Magazine article Screen International

Romancing the Romcom

Magazine article Screen International

Romancing the Romcom

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Kudos to Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need for reminding the world that romantic comedies don't have to be embarrassing.

It was with great interest that I followed the Tweets coming out of Venice last Sunday morning - the Malick was hugely disappointing critics, but there were raves (even from the cranky types) for Susanne Bier's romcom Love Is All You Need.

Just a few weeks before it premiered, I was editing a preview of the film, wondering if it was detrimental to describe it as a 'romantic comedy'. The fact that the very genre label itself is so loaded with bad connotations tells us a lot about the level of respect for most romcoms these days. That's for good reason mostly: there have been a string of formulaic, lazy, cynical, unimaginative and frankly unfunny and unromantic projects in recent years.

So well done to Bier for not being afraid to follow-up her Oscar-winning dark family drama In A Better World with something altogether lighter. Coming from a certain independent filmmaking crowd, it's actually a braver move to do something crowdpleasing than something depressing. But why should serious filmmakers have to only make films that are dark? …

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