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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

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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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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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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 film actually breaks with some of the Dogme 95 rules, e.g. the blood used in the car accident scene is 'theatre' blood, there were fantasy sequences shot in Super-8 and also a ThermaCAM has been used. See more »

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Counting Down
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck
Performed by Anggun
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Susanne Bier's best
27 December 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

We are living in a Golden Age concerning Danish films. One didn't think Susanne Bier would get into the Dogma genre, but there she is now.

This is really good. There's a loving couple, where the man is badly hurt in a car accident and becomes lame, with all the complications, also sexually of course, this means. It wasn't the driver's fault, but she feels guilty and her husband tries to comfort the girl. But the comfort goes much too far.

This is about big feelings, but Bier leads you right into them, without rushing away from you. The acting is absolutely brilliant, especially the plain virtuosity from Paprika Steen and Mads Mikkelsen. I've seen more than 50 films this year, but this might be the best one. Strongly recommended!


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