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Lawrence And Cooper's 'Serena' Takes Its Time Getting To The Screen


Jennifer Lawrence Bradley Cooper Susanne Bier Toby Jones Rhys Ifans Sean Harris

Filmed in the Czech Republic more than two years ago, the American Depression-era drama 'Serena' took a long time to get to the big screen, during which time its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were nominated for Oscars in two other films together: 'Silver Linings Playbook' (for which Lawrence won Best Actress) and American Hustle.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in 'Serena'
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper re-unite on screen with 'Serena'

Directed by Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier ('In a Better World'), the film is a sweeping romance set in the wilds of Carolina's Smoky Mountains, based on the novel by Ron Rash. It's a complicated story with plenty of subtle textures that are ideally suited to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as fine supporting players like Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans and Sean Harris. But the film's postponed release has sparked some bad buzz, as people wondered about the delay, which usually indicates some significant tinkering by the studios. And that's rarely a good thing.

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Ouch! 'Serena' Is Big Misfire For Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence Bradley Cooper Susanne Bier

It took about 400 years to make, but finally, Serena is here. Well, in the UK anyway. It was always going to get killed at the box-office by The Book of Life, but it seems this drama from Oscar-winning Susanne Bier can't even call upon strong reviews to call itself a success.

SerenaJennifer Lawrence [L] as Serena, and Bradley Cooper [R] as George Pemberton

Set in Depression-era North Carolina, Serena tells the story of George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), a businessman who struggles to maintain the future of his timber empire. However, things become more complicated when he learns that his wife Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) cannot bear children. 

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Serena - Featurette


"When I first read the script," begins director Susanne Bier, "I called Nick Wechsler (one of the film's producers) and I said 'I think this should be Bradley Cooper and Jenifer Lawrence'". In this featurette for 'Serena', the two lead actors discuss their mutual respect for one-another, and their excitement to work together on the film. Bradley Cooper states "I've sort of hit the jack-pot, being able to work with Jennifer Lawrence." In response, Lawrence explains why their previous work together has helped, as they found it "easy to just kind of jump into it." 'Serena' serves as the third time Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have worked together on a film.

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Serena Trailer


As the Great Depression begins to sweep across America, George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Shaw (Jennifer Lawrence) meet and fall in love. The whirl-wind romance soon sees the couple married, and entering into a lifelong partnership with the start of a timber empire. As Serena steadily proves herself to be more capable than any man in the company, she strongly boosts the productivity and the spirits of her husband. But soon, the house of cards crumbles to show the truth of George's hidden past, and expose the secrets he never expected Serena to find out. The Pembertons are thrown against their toughest obstacle yet - can their love truly conquer all, or is it destined to fall apart?

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TIFF - A Second Chance - Photocall

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Susanne Bier - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival - A Second Chance - Photocall - Toronto, Canada - Wednesday 10th September 2014

Nikolaj Coster-waldau and Susanne Bier
Nikolaj Coster-waldau and Susanne Bier
Nikolaj Coster-waldau and Susanne Bier

"Love Is All You Need" Premiere

Susanne Bier - "Love Is All You Need" Premiere held at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 25th April 2013

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Susanne Bier, Tom Bernard and Trine Dyrholm
Susanne Bier, Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm
Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier, Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm
Susanne Bier

Los Angeles Premiere Of 'Love Is All You Need' At The Linwood Dunn Theatre

Susanne Bier, Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm - Los Angeles premiere of 'Love Is All You Need' at The Linwood Dunn Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Friday 26th April 2013

Susanne Bier, Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm
Susanne Bier, Trine Dyrholm and Pierce Brosnan
Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier, Trine Dyrholm and Pierce Brosnan
Susanne Bier, Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm
Susanne Bier, Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm

Love Is All You Need Trailer


When Ida, a Danish hairdresser who is recuperating after a series of chemotherapy treatments walks in on her husband cheating on her with a very young colleague from the accounts department at work, she finds her life in tatters. She resolves to travel alone to Italy where her daughter Astrid is set to wed her fiancé Patrick but on the way she meets the angry and aloof Philip who is also living in Denmark and who has become more and more annoyed at the world since his wife passed away. He turns out to be the father of the groom and they are forced to spend time together despite meeting on bad terms. Philip is humbled when he returns to the Italian villa in which he used to live with his wife but other conflicts are cropping up elsewhere even between the bride and groom. However, it isn't long before Philip and Ida start enjoying each other's company and they start to contemplate moving on with their lives.

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2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party At The Sunset Tower Hotel In Hollywood

Susanne Bier and Vanity Fair Sunday 27th February 2011 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood Los Angeles, California

Susanne Bier and Vanity Fair
Susanne Bier and Vanity Fair

83rd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) Held At The Kodak Theatre - Press Room

Russell Brand, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences - Russell Brand and Susanne Bier Los Angeles, California - 83rd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre - Press Room Sunday 27th February 2011

Russell Brand, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences
Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences
Russell Brand, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences
Russell Brand, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences
Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences
Russell Brand, Susanne Bier and Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences

Brothers (2004) Review


Excellent
In an intelligent psychological drama, director/co-writer Susanne Bier shows us some sure-footedness in developing a complex story and engaging us with characters that make the traumatic stress disorder resulting from war revealing. Though her film doesn't entirely avoid some clichés and borders on melodrama, it doesn't spoil the timely interest of its core subject and the level of tension that it generates.

Add to that a fine ensemble cast to bring us into it. The two brothers of the title are Michael (Ulrich Thomsen), a career military man who seems to excel at everything, and his no-good brother Jannik (Nikolai Lie Kaas, Reconstruction), for whom Michael is both a role model and an impossible standard to live up to. Jannik's love and respect for Michael, on the other hand, is intertwined with the rebelliousness that comes of this inadequacy. To make the point and to make the relationships clear, the film starts with Michael picking Jannik up when he's released from prison and suggesting, on the ride home, that he should apologize to the victim of his crime. Such propriety. Jannik's prison time wasn't adequate punishment for Michael's high standards.

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Open Hearts Review


Excellent
Anyone who has suffered the pain in the gut after the loss of a loved one will have a special connection to this story coming to us from Denmark. Loss can have many meanings and here it's a matter of a sudden change of destiny and the disappearance of emotional fulfillment as a result of an accident. Moreover, it's a story that evolves as life does. A horror occurs, the people involved react, the change in situation produces new needs which lead to changes and consequences.

The relationship between beautiful, sexy Cecilie (Sonja Richter) and her lover Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is fun and endearing and we soon care about these people whose bond is expressed by the playful manner in which Joachim asks Cecilie to marry him and how she responds in the affirmative. The following morning, Cecilie drops Joachim off for a planned trip and, as he springs from the car on the traffic side, is hit by a car. Suddenly, what seemed so sure and positive is wrenched into another dimension.

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