After the wedding

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German title After the wedding
Original title Efter brylluppet
Country of production Denmark , Sweden
original language Danish , Swedish , Hindi , English
Publishing year 2006
length 119 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Susanne beer
script Susanne Bier,
Anders Thomas Jensen
production Sisse Graum Jørgensen
music Johan Söderqvist
camera Morten Søborg
cut Pernille Bech Christensen ,
Morten Højbjerg

After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet) is a Danish-Swedish drama directed by Susanne Bier from 2006 . The film opened in Denmark on February 24, 2006 and in Germany on February 1, 2007.


Jacob Petersen runs an orphanage in India . With some Indian helpers, he is working on the verge of his means to keep the orphanage alive. For over eight years, the project has always just about gone bankrupt, but now the home is finally running out of money. One possible donor is the Swedish billionaire Jørgen, who lives in Copenhagen , who pays him for the flight and a luxurious hotel room so that he can receive a donation in Denmark .

At the meeting, however, it turns out that Jørgen has not yet decided which project he wants to generously support. Jacob should stay in Denmark until the decision is made.

Since Jørgen's daughter Anna is getting married the next day, he invites Jacob to the wedding. By chance he meets his former girlfriend Helene again there. She was the woman of his life, and he emigrated to India with her. When he cheated on her with her best friend, she left him and moved back to Denmark. Now she is Jørgen's wife.

Jacob learns during Anna's speech at her wedding that she is not Jørgen's biological daughter, and Helene confirms his assumption that she could be his daughter the next day. Jacob is desperate and angry with Helene that he only found out about his daughter after two decades. Helene and Jørgen claim that he could no longer be found in India and now they have to tell Anna about Jacob too. Anna and Jacob meet and seem to get along quite well.

Despite all these problems, Jacob meets with Jørgen again about financing his orphanage in India. Jørgen offers Jacob to set up a foundation in Jacobs and Anna's name and to provide a large amount of money. However, one of the considerations in the contract is that Jacob has to move his main residence to Denmark. This is initially out of the question for Jacob, as the eight-year-old Pramod is waiting for him in India, whom he has been raising since his birth and he does not want Jørgen to buy him. While Jacob is fleeing, Jørgen explains the real reason: Jørgen is terminally ill and will soon die. He brought Jacob in so that he could take care of Anna, Helene and the two little twin sons of Jørgen. However, Jacob is so upset that he takes refuge in his hotel room. But when Anna shows up there crying because her newlywed husband has cheated on her, Jacob realizes that he should be there for his daughter and that he can help tens of thousands of orphans in India, so he signs the contract with Jørgen.

Jørgen dies and during Jacobs' next visit to India the orphanage is already being built. Jacob asks Pramod if he wants to come to Denmark with him, but he prefers to stay true to his homeland, also because Jacob used to rage against the rich.


The lexicon of international films said: "Convincing sociological and emotional experiment, routinely staged and excellently played in the main roles."

Backgrounds and remake

The two internationally successful, Scandinavian actors Rolf Lassgård and Mads Mikkelsen , the former known as Commissioner Wallander , the latter as an opponent of James Bond in Casino Royale and the good-natured pastor in Adam's Apples , are united here in one production.

In Brothers - Between Brothers, Susanne Bier has already proven that she can bring extraordinary dramas onto the screen with familiar elements, unexpected twists and a sure hand with her actors.

In 2019, After the Wedding, a remake was released, directed by Bart Freundlich .


Susanne Bier won the 2006 Publieksprijs (audience award) for this film at the Film by the Sea International Film Festival in Vlissingen , Netherlands .

At the Danish film award Robert Stine Fischer Christensen was able to win the award for best supporting actress, but the film was nominated in ten other categories in which it went empty-handed. The film was nominated for the European Film Awards in 2006 in the categories of Best Director (Susanne Bier) and Best Actor (Mads Mikkelsen), but could not win any prize.

After the wedding , it was nominated for the category Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2007 , but lost to the German contribution The Lives of Others .

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  1. ↑ Certificate of Release for After the Wedding . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , October 2006 (PDF; test number: 107 893 K).
  2. After the wedding. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used