- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Humble pots, as the 200 exhibited in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia, take on a magnificent presence. Created over 4,000 years, from prehistoric to modern times, these are vessels, cooking vessels and dishes for every day. They passed from China to India and back again through the southeast “corridor” of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Hauge brothers — Osborne and Victor, and their wives Gratia and Takako, who donated the collection to the Sackler — are responsible for the exhibit’s variety and depth. At the Sackler, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through 2010. Free. 202/633-1000 and asia.si.edu.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

After the Wedding, one of the recent Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film, offers another opportunity to catch up with the work of Danish writer-director Susanne Bier, who has developed a flair for narrative invention and human interest that transcend her original association with the pseudo-austere, doctrinaire Scandanavian “collective” known as Dogme 95. Miss Bier’s new picture links characters in India and Denmark while observing the reluctant homecoming of an exiled Dane called Jacob (Mads Mikkelsen of “Casino Royale”) who is urged to meet a potential major donor for the Indian orphanage that he manages. The meeting takes place in Copenhagen, leads to a subsequent wedding invitation and then a flurry of disconcerting revelations.

— Gary Arnold

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