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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-05-30

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arts & entertainment

All You Need Is Love

Oscar-winning Jewish-Danish director
helms new romantic comedy with a
serious underside.

Curt Schleier
I Special to the Jewish News

son, from whom he is estranged, and her
daughter are about to be married.
In the U.S. to promote the film, Bier,
anish director Susanne Bier's
53, said she and her regular collaborator,
latest film, Love Is
Anders Thomas Jensen,
All You Need, is a
were regularly approached
romantic comedy that came
"to do something on the
from a dark place, from what
topic of cancer. You get
she calls "the sad part of the
scripts that deal with can-
story": cancer.
cer as an autobiographical
The film stars Pierce
story. But we were not
Brosnan as Philip, a
going to make a movie that
wealthy middle-aged wid-
suffocated an audience with
ower and ex-pat Brit living in
Copenhagen. Co-star Trine
Still, making a romantic
Dyrholm is Ida, a hairdresser Director Suz anne Bier:
comedy that starts from so
whose mastectomy has, for
sad a place is, well, unusual.
"I think in A merica you
the time being at least, beat
Bier disagrees. "I don't
have a more narrow
breast cancer — only to
think it's sad. It has depth. I
definition of romantic
discover that her husband
think in America, you have
comedy tha n we do in
is leaving her for a younger
a more narrow definition of
co-worker with whom he's
romantic comedy than we
been having an affair. Philip
do in Europe. In Europe, it's
and Ida meet in Sorrento, Italy, where his
slightly broader:'


Pierce Brosnan as Philip and Trine Dyrholm as Ida in Suzanne Bier's Love Is All You


In the U.S., she says, a rom-com is a
romance with laughs; in Europe, these
films are more character driven.
"Ida is built a little on my mom:' Bier
says. "She had breast cancer twice, but
she was always a very positive figure. For
her, the glass was always at least half full.
When she came into a room, the light
became a little stronger. We were thinking
a lot of her when we wrote [Ida]:"

Even Pierce Brosnan is a little sad sack-
ish. She cast him rather than a Danish
actor "because I felt this character would
gain a lot from being lonely in all manner
of speaking:'
Not only widowed and estranged from
his child, "he also was lonely in Denmark,
where he felt kind of alienated. Then I
thought for Ida, the main [female] char-
acter, who had lost everything, by the end

Heels Over Head

DIA lecture ties yoga
to glorious works of art, one with a Detroit connection.


Suzanne Chessler
Contributing Writer


ebra Diamond has researched
aesthetic connections to yoga
and will talk about them Sunday
afternoon, June 2, at the Detroit Institute
of Arts.
Diamond, curator of South
Asian art at the Arthur M. Sackler
Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
at the Smithsonian Institution,
will reference Detroit findings as
she discusses "Heels Over Head:
Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda,
and the Art of Yoga:'
The presentation will pre-
Diamon d
view an upcoming Smithsonian
exhibition, "Yoga: The Art of
Transformation," the first display of the
discipline's visual history. The presenta-
tion also will cover the Detroit presence in
that exhibition.
"I'm going to talk about all the excit-
ing new things we can learn about yoga
through glorious works of art," explains
Diamond, who has given other presenta-
tions at the DIA.


May 30 • 2013

"I'm going to tie my talk to really
sublime or funny yoga images, the mean-
ings of yoga and how it intersected with
American life:'
The exhibit will include a 10th-century
sculpture of a fierce yogini, which will
be on loan from the DIA, and Thomas
Edison's film Hindoo Fakir, which
has to do with a time when many
thought yogis were like magicians.
Of special interest in the talk
will be tales of the visit of Swami
Vivekananda to Charles Lang
Freer's Detroit home in 1894. The
swami reformed yoga as part of
the reformation of Hinduism and
brought it to the United States,
where his ideas of yoga were
presented as rational, ecumenical
and democratic.
Freer (1854-1919), who made his for-
tune in railroad freight car manufactur-
ing, collected Asian and American art
ultimately donated to the Smithsonian. His
home, ranked as one of the most important
historic buildings in Michigan, holds the
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute.
"Because three research paths came

together in Detroit, I was excited to see if
I could do something about using Detroit
as a lens for looking at the history of yoga,
the way yoga came to America and the
formation of what modern yoga is," says
Diamond, who curated the Smithsonian
display to include more than 120 works dat-
ing from the third to the early-20th century.
There will be temple sculptures, devo-
tional icons, illustrated manuscripts, court
paintings, colonial and early modern pho-
tographs, books and films.
Diamond's recent research papers and
talks have explored changes in yogic ideas
as they moved across sectarian borders
and into material culture.
"There are a lot of aspects of modern
yoga that are modern, and there are
aspects that are quite ancient," explains
Diamond, whose Jewish background
and interest in meditation informed her
appreciation for the subject matter.
"Some yoga traditions have been non-
sectarian, while others have been created
within religious traditions. The way yoga
has moved in and out of religious bases
and across borders is an important thread
in learning:'

Yogini, Unknown artist, Indian, 10th
century, granite, Founders Society
Purchase, Detroit Institute of Arts.

Debra Diamond will speak
at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at
the Detroit Institute of Arts
before appearing 3:30-5 p.m.
at a reception and tour of
Detroit's Freer House, 71 E.
Ferry. The lecture is free with
DIA admission. The reception is
$10, $5 for students and Freer
House members. (313) 664-2509;
rmfoster@wayne.edu .

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