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It's All About Love
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Written by Thomas Vinterberg
Mogens Rukov
Starring Joaquin Phoenix
Sean Penn
Claire Danes
Music by Nikolaj Egelund
Zbigniew Preisner
Editing by Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Release date(s) 10 January 2003
Running time 105 minutes
Language English
Budget $10,000,000[1]

It's All About Love is a 2003 film by Thomas Vinterberg. It can be classified as an apocalyptic science fiction movie, but the author prefers to call it "a dream".

The movie was written, directed, and produced by Vinterberg over a period of five years. Unlike his earlier Danish films, this movie was entirely in English and featured among others Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn. The movie was not very successful, and critics mostly panned it.[2] Richard Roeper called the film "like Kubrick with a talent-ectomy" and Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News declared that "Surely, Vinterberg was high on some inert gas when he embarked on it";[2]. Dennis Lim of the Village Voice, however found something to like in the film:

It's All About Love is, by any measure, a colossal folly – ridiculed at its Sundance '03 premiere (where, to this viewer at least, it seemed like a lone beacon of nutty integrity), supposedly disowned by its stars (rumor has it Claire Danes burst into tears upon seeing the end result) and jettisoned by original distributor Focus. But this $10 million Danish-British-French-U.S.-Japanese-Swedish-Norwegian-German-Dutch co-production is a film maudit for the ages — rapturous and inexplicable in equal measure.[1]

At a certain point during production Vinterberg called up Ingmar Bergman and asked him to come and help him finish the film, as he felt he could not complete it himself. He recalls that:

He roared with laughter and said I had to be out of my mind. There was nothing he was less interested in. And he also said I was an idiot that had not decided fast enough what to do after The Celebration (Festen), which he, by the way, called a masterpiece. It was a very contended conversation.

(From an interview in Berlingske Tidende.)

It's all about love was produced by Nimbus Film.

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References

  1. ^ a b village voice > film > It's All About Love by Dennis Lim
  2. ^ a b Rotten Tomatoes rating: 14% positive. For individual reviews, see box on the right.
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