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

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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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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

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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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

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in 'Elsker dig for evigt' på filmfestival (2003) See more »

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Lil Things
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck
Performed by Anggun
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finding new love the hard way
18 March 2004 | by (Bradford) – See all my reviews

Another one of those small Euro digital films that explores human emotion so much better than the mega-bucks equivalents from the States.

When a loving couples unity is shattered by a horrific road accident that cripples the boyfriend, the story explores how a moment can destroy a lifetime or create alternate paths. Superbly acted with deep pathos and unflinching torment, I have yet to see a better performance this year of a female lead. You leave the cinema questioning how the happiest moment in your life can be stolen in a blink of an eye. Life is fragile and all too brief. Not a minute should be wasted.


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