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Open Hearts (2002)

Elsker dig for evigt (original title)
A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Niels
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Cæcilie Pagh
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Joachim
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Marie
Stine Bjerregaard ...
Stine
Birthe Neumann ...
Hanne
Niels Olsen ...
Finn
Ulf Pilgaard ...
Thomsen
Ronnie Lorenzen ...
Gustav (as Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen)
Pelle Bang Sørensen ...
Emil
Anders Nyborg ...
Robert
Ida Dwinger ...
Sanne
Philip Zandén ...
Tommy
Michel Castenholt ...
Furniture Store Assistant
Birgitte Prins ...
A&E Doctor
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Storyline

SPOILER: Cecilie is devastated when her fiancée Joachim is seriously injured in a car accident and is paralyzed from the neck down. Marie was the driver that caused the accident and she ask her husband Niels, a doctor at the hospital where Joachim is being treated, to help out Cecilie. However their relationship evolves in an affair which threatens Niels family. Written by Phythian

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 September 2002 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Open Hearts  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,224 (USA) (21 February 2003)

Gross:

$122,308 (USA) (28 March 2003)
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Trivia

Paprika Steen's slap to Mads Mikkelsen was not scripted and was improvised on the spot. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits are stamped on the screen in thermal photography. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Go' aften Danmark: Episode dated 5 September 2002 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Your Heart
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner, Niels Brinck, Anggun
Performed by Anggun
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Pure emotions

A girl whose boyfriend went paraplegic because of a car crash falls in love with the husband of the woman that ran her fiancée over. Though the plot may look like a twisted soap opera the fact is that the movie of Akeson & Olesen is such an intense and wise portrait of human emotions. Feeling of guilt, love, infidelity... no flowery stuff and no useless decorations. "Open hearts" is a piece of life.

Despite the directors probe to know their job their movie wouldn't be the same without the impressive work of the extraordinary actors she chose. Propably none of them will won an Oscar, and they're not very popular, but they'd deserve to be big stars.

Another great contribution of DOGMA movement to last decade's cinema.

*My rate: 9/10


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