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The Good Heart (2009)

 -  Drama  -  17 March 2010 (France)
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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lucas
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Roger Verne
Boði ...
Rococo
Susan Blommaert ...
Nurse Nora
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Nurse Mona
Sonnie Brown ...
Nurse Woo (as Kim Songwon Brown)
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Psychiatrist
Seth Sharp ...
Nurse Billy
David Moss ...
Homeless #1
Dale A. Smith ...
Homeless #2
Michelle J. Nelson ...
Nurse Sheila (as Michelle Nelson)
Henry Yuk ...
Chin Lee (as Henry Yuk Lui)
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Jonathan
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Dimitri
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Storyline

After a suicide attempt, Lucas, a young homeless man in New York City, is taken in by Jacques, the gruff owner of a small bar. Jacques is on his fifth or sixth heart attack, and he wants Lucas to run the bar after he dies. Jacques has many rules: don't be friendly, don't serve walk-ins, no food or flowers or candles, put the cash in the freezer every night. Lucas, on the other hand, has a good heart: he gives his money away, he talks to customers, and, when April, a young French woman who has washed out of flight-attendant school, enters the bar chilled to the bone, Lucas takes her in. If Jacques won't tolerate April, what will Lucas do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everyone needs a refuge from the world.

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Rated R for language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »
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17 March 2010 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,955 (USA) (30 April 2010)

Gross:

$19,959 (USA) (21 May 2010)
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When Jacques' new room mate, Ben, suddenly collapses, he falls backward. But in the next shot he is lying face down. See more »

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Lucas: Never remove an empty glass. It is the customer's history, a track record of his state of mind, an important documentation which should not be fixed nor falsified.
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This movie got heart
3 March 2010 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

This is a must see movie - goes on my list all time favorites.

It is not a thriller but there is never a dull moment. It is no comedy either yet there were several occasions where I was laughing so hard that I was almost out of breath. It's difficult to classify.

The script has everything. Excellent plot, really fantastic dialogs, interesting characters, unexpected turns and a surprise ending... a great story and its well told.

The quality is excellent: filming, lighting, soundtrack, props, costumes ... everything.

Brian Cox is fantastic as the grumpy bar owner... Paul Dano is convincing as the homeless young man.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film.


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