Open Hearts (2002)
"Elsker dig for evigt" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 September 2002 (Denmark)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Cæcilie Pagh
Stine Bjerregaard ...
Birthe Neumann ...
Niels Olsen ...
Ulf Pilgaard ...
Ronnie Lorenzen ...
Gustav (as Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen)
Pelle Bang Sørensen ...
Anders Nyborg ...
Ida Dwinger ...
Philip Zandén ...
Michel Castenholt ...
Furniture Store Assistant
Birgitte Prins ...
A&E Doctor


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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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)


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

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1.37 : 1
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Paprika Steen's slap to Mads Mikkelsen was not scripted and was improvised on the spot. See more »

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Realistic and painful with some wonderful performances!
8 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

What I love the most about these small, foreign movies is the fact that they aren't afraid to face difficult human subjects and situations. For the ones who don't know where it is about, I'll give a brief summary. It's about two families: a young couple who has recently engaged and a family who with 2 little boys and a 17 year old girl. On a morning there is an accident caused by the mother while her daughter is sitting next to her. The mother hits the guy from the engaged couple. What are the consequences? The guy is paralysed up to his neck and he can only move his head. He is very bitter and he feels sorry for himself (of course, who can blame him? The life he had is history.) But then things are getting complicated when the husband starts an affaire with the girlfriend of the paralysed guy.

To start with, I loved the story. It's beautiful, touching, human and above all it's real. The characters are real human beings who need love and comfort and attention and someone who listens to them, take care of them, or just hold them… All the actors delivered excellent performances. Although the story is something completely different, this movie reminded me of "Festen", another brilliant Danish movie I saw a couple of months ago. The resemblance was caused by the style of the movie and the style of the story. Both stories handle unexpected, but real situations. "Open Hearts" is another brilliant Danish movie!


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