In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants... See full summary »
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
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
The ThermaCAM used in the opening and closing scenes, was originally intended for use throughout the movie. But in final editing Susanne Bier cut all the ThermaCAM-shots, because she felt they conflicted with the movies realistic tone. See more »
The credits are stamped on the screen in thermal photography. See more »
Realistic and painful with some wonderful performances!
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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