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The Good Heart (2009)

R | | 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 overview, first billed only:
Roger Verne
Boði ...
Nurse Nora
Nurse Mona
Sonnie Brown ...
Nurse Woo (as Kim Songwon Brown)
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)


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

O Bom Coração  »

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Box Office


$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$19,959 (USA) (21 May 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Cox and Paul Dano also starred together in the movie "L.I.E." (2001) and the BBC mini-series "War and Peace" (2016). See more »


During the broccoli/fart scene, the bottle of what appears to be soy sauce is shown in different positions when the camera is shooting Lucas. See more »


Nurse Mona: Oh, Jacques, not again. Why can't you just die?
Jacques: Good to see you, too, Olivia.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


Always near
By Alice Olivia Clarke
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Brian Cox tour de force
24 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is about Brian Cox... Director Dagur Kari provides a stage. Paul Dano is great being a looking-glass. But Brian Cox's Jacques is monumental, he literally carries the action from the first second he steps in. He energizes the viewer, no matter how one classifies his moral actions. The bar scene is one of surrealistic charm, dwelled by decameronesque characters and maintained as a personal fiefdom by Jacques. The short story on the cover is "A bartender takes a young homeless man in under his wing" but there is so MUCH more to it. Lucas (Paul Dano) represents here a humanity clear of prejudice, pure and immortal. The suicide attempt doesn't stop him. Nor does death itself, his heart symbolically living on in another body. Supporting actress Isild le Besco is somehow incongruous, offering not believable French accented replies. Underwhelming, as her debut movies in France, where her naked skin prevails. Probably a strong actress, I am thinking here Emily Mortimer, or Marie-Louise Parker, or, -if they really wanted a French one, how about Sandrine Kiberlain? -would have done much better. Solidly memorable, Brian Cox gives this movie so much personality and energy that only true talent can offer. In line with Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, Cox is another Musqueteer of a generation of powerful performances from Britain to enchant us. Watch this great movie, and a bar will never look the same to you!

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