Love Is All You Need

For the short directed by Kim Rocco Shields, see Love Is All You Need? For the film directed by Kim Rocco Shields, see Love Is All You Need? (2016 film).
Love Is All You Need

Theatrical poster
Directed by Susanne Bier
Produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Vibeke Windeløv
Screenplay by Anders Thomas Jensen
Story by Susanne Bier
Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring Pierce Brosnan
Trine Dyrholm
Kim Bodnia
Music by Johan Söderqvist
Cinematography Morten Søborg
Edited by Pernille Bech Christensen
Morten Egholm
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics (US)
Release dates
  • 2 September 2012 (2012-09-02) (Venice)
  • 6 September 2012 (2012-09-06) (Denmark)
  • 3 May 2013 (2013-05-03) (US)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Budget 5.5 million
($7.1 million)
Box office $10,016,934[2]

Love Is All You Need (Danish: Den skaldede frisør, Lit.: The Bald Hairdresser) is a 2012 Danish romantic comedy film directed by Susanne Bier and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.


Hairdresser Ida, who has recently ended a successful breast cancer treatment after undergoing a mastectomy, returns home to find her husband Leif cheating on her. Meanwhile, Phillip, (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful exporter of fruits and vegetables who has become misanthropic after the death of his wife.

Ida's daughter Astrid and Phillip's son Patrick have meanwhile gone to Italy to prepare Patrick's family's villa in preparation for their wedding which is to take place only three months after they met.

Ida, who is still in denial about her husband leaving her, travels to Italy for the wedding alone. After backing up her car in the airport parking space she accidentally hits Phillip. After he shouts at her for being a reckless driver he realizes she is Astrid's mother and the two travel the rest of the way to the villa together. They do not have a favourable view of one another as Phillip thinks that Ida is foolish and a klutz while Ida finds Phillip rude and mean.

At the villa drama ensues when Leif brings his new girlfriend, Tilde, to the wedding and everyone is surprised when she introduces herself as his fiancée. Upset, Ida goes for a swim in the cove near the house. Phillip sees her swimming nude and runs to urge her out of the water as the current can be dangerous. On their walk home he shows her the groves of lemon and orange trees on the estate.

Phillip begins to feel attracted to Ida's warm and sunny personality and eventually confides the way in which his wife died to her. He also rejects the advances of Benedikte, his sister-in-law. At a celebration before the wedding Phillip dances with Ida. He allows Leif to cut in but after he pushes Ida around their son comes to Ida's rescue and punches Leif. Phillip then tells Ida she's beautiful and wonderful but they are interrupted by Benedikte.

Back at the party Patrick sees Astrid grinding on Alessandro, a hired hand at the villa. He breaks them apart but Astrid tells him that he is gay. When he goes to apologize to Alessandro the two end up kissing.

The morning of the wedding Patrick disappears. Phillip finds him and Patrick confesses that he doesn't want to marry and only did it in part because he thought it was something Phillip would want him to do. Before the ceremony Patrick and Astrid inform the guests they will not be getting married. Ida goes to comfort Astrid and Phillip comforts Patrick. Phillip is able to say goodbye to Ida before she leaves but they do not say anything of consequence.

Sometime later after arriving back in Denmark Ida comes home to a house filled with roses. Leif tells Ida he still loves her and apologizes to her for leaving her for Thilde. Phillip meanwhile finds his life cold and unsatisfactory. He goes to visit Ida at the salon where she works and tells her that he is cutting back on his workload and moving to Italy. He asks Ida to come and visit him. Ida tells him that Leif has moved back and that she loves him. Back at home Ida realizes she no longer loves Leif and dumps him.

Ida goes to Italy, ditching her wig and wearing her short hair which is growing back from chemo. She goes to Italy where she finds Phillip who has gone back to working in the lemon orchard on his estate. She asks him to sit with her while she opens a letter from the hospital giving her her latest test results. Phillip and Ida kiss before they open the letter. After reading the results they smile and then kiss again.



The southern Italian scenes were shot in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast.[3][4]


The film's soundtrack features multiple versions of the song "That's Amore".[5]

Awards and accolades

In 2013, Love Is All You Need was selected as best comedy film at the 26th European Film Awards.[6]


  1. "DEN SKALDEDE FRISØR – LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  2. Love Is All You Need at Box Office Mojo Retrieved 21 May 2013
  3. "Love Is All You Need press kit" (PDF) (Press release). Sony Pictures Classics. p. 4. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. WENN (23 May 2013). "Pierce Brosnan fell in love with Sorrento on film set". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. "Love Is All You Need". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. "Winners 2013". European Film Awards. European Film Academy. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
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