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)
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 <>

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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?


When Jacques' new room mate, Ben, suddenly collapses, he falls backward. But in the next shot he is lying face down. See more »


Jacques: What blood type are you?
Ben: O.
Jacques: O's good. No threat in O.
Ben: Well, what blood type are you?
Jacques: Fuckin' A.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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Artistically bleak but a little slow
21 November 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a bitter bar owner who insults everyone he sees. He encounters a homeless young man with a good nature, and takes him as his apprentice in the bar.

"The Good Heart" is filmed artistically. The mostly dark colour scheme, and the old and bleak sets augment the film's dismal atmosphere. The story follows a predictable pattern, as two individuals with vastly different personalities collide, they change each other. Brian Cox puts on a great performance as a character who is bitter and cold. Paul Dano's character is very good natured to the point that he is vulnerable to exploitation. He has the good heart, which I did not imagine it to have a literal meaning. However, the slow pacing and the overly bleak atmosphere hurt the enjoyment factor. If this story was filmed as a light hearted comedy, it would have worked better.

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