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The Good Heart -- A bartender takes a young homeless man in under his wing.

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17 March 2010 (France) See more »
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Everyone needs a refuge from the world.
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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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"Intimate, unsentimental and diverse..." See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Paul Dano ... Lucas

Brian Cox ... Jacques

Bill Buell ... Roger Verne
Boði ... Rococo
Susan Blommaert ... Nurse Nora

Alice Olivia Clarke ... Nurse Mona
Sonnie Brown ... Nurse Woo (as Kim Songwon Brown)

Stephen Henderson ... 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)

Ed Wheeler ... Jonathan

Clark Middleton ... Dimitri

Stephanie Szostak ... Sarah

Edmund Lyndeck ... Barber

Nicolas Bro ... Ib Dolby

Daniel Raymont ... Markus

Damian Young ... Roddie

André De Shields ... Sooty (as André de Shields)
Kjartan Þórarinsson ... Walk-in
Haraldur Jónsson ... Silent Man
Steve Axelrod ... Farmer
Sean McGlynn ... Businessman

Isild Le Besco ... April (as Islid le Besco)
Darren Foreman ... Doctor Lipinski

Larry Pine ... Laugh Therapist

Craig muMs Grant ... Judge (as Chris 'Mums' Grant)
Guy Conan Stewart ... Ben
Halfdan Pedersen ... Roger Warhol
Ponicker Cuny ... Homeless
Frederique ... Homeless
Carlos Menendez ... Homeless
Roy E. Harrison ... Homeless
Leida Duarte de Velez ... Josephine
Pedro Louis Gómez ... Enrique
Isabella Lara Gómez ... Felicia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aristedes Philip DuVal ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Catherina Ren Knerr ... Nurse Darlene Niles (uncredited)

Elissa Middleton ... Mattie (uncredited)
Eric Milano ... Businessman (voice) (uncredited)
Adam S. Phillips ... Patient in Therapy (uncredited)
Þórir Roff ... Bar Regular (uncredited)

Uzimann ... Stress Out Excerciser (uncredited)
Alexander Zaklynsky ... Bar Regular (uncredited)

Directed by
Dagur Kári 
 
Writing credits
Dagur Kári (written by)

Produced by
Dominique Barneaud .... co-producer
Marc Bordure .... co-producer
Bo Ehrhardt .... co-producer
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir .... line producer
Scott Macaulay .... executive producer
Skuli Fr. Malmquist .... producer (as Skúli Fr. Malmquist)
Peter Nadermann .... co-producer
Robin O'Hara .... executive producer
Jimmy Price .... line producer: New York (as James Price)
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... executive producer (as Sigurjón Sighvatsson)
Thor Sigurjonsson .... producer (as Thor S. Sigurjónsson)
Birgitte Skov .... co-producer
Patrick Sobelman .... co-producer
Sigrid Strohmann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Orri Jonsson (music by) (as Slowblow)
Dagur Kári (music by) (as Slowblow)
 
Cinematography by
Rasmus Videbæk (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andri Steinn 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Halfdan Pedersen  (as Hálfdan Pedersen)
 
Costume Design by
Helga Rós Hannam  (as Helga Rós V. Hannam)
 
Makeup Department
Alma Ösp Arnórsdóttir .... makeup assistant: Iceland
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist: USA
Asta Hafthorsdottir .... key makeup artist
Asta Hafthorsdottir .... makeup designer (as Ásta Hafthórsdóttir)
Asta Hafthorsdottir .... makeup designer
Stefan Jorgen .... special effects makeup artist (as Stefán Jörgen Ágústsson)
Brian Sherroff .... additional hair stylist: USA
Leo Won .... key makeup artist: USA
Ande Yung .... additional makeup artist: USA (as Anne Kruglinski)
 
Production Management
Patricia de Paula .... production supervisor: USA
Tim Hall .... unit production manager: Dominican Republic
Mette Høst Hansen .... post-production supervisor: Denmark
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir .... post-production supervisor: Iceland
Grímar Jónsson .... unit production manager: Iceland
Robin O'Hara .... unit production manager: USA
Jimmy Price .... post-production supervisor: USA
Jimmy Price .... unit production manager: USA (as James Price)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Siggi Freyr Bjornsson .... first assistant director: Iceland (as Sigurður Freyr Matthiasson)
Garún Daníelsdóttir .... second assistant director: Iceland
Robert Dickerson Jr. .... second assistant director: USA
Martin John Maddaford .... second second assistant director: Iceland
Michael T. Meador .... first assistant director: USA
Andrea O'Connor .... second second assistant director: USA
 
Art Department
Jamie Arbuckle .... set dresser: USA
Guðjón Þór Baldursson .... property master: Iceland
Antonio Ignacio Barba Salvador .... art department assistant: Iceland (as Antonio-Ignacio Barba Salvador)
Katrín Björgvinsdóttir .... art department assistant: Iceland
Rebecca Bloom .... art department coordinator: USA
Scott Canfield .... leadman: USA
Carles Cardelús .... set dresser: Iceland (as Carles Cardelus Folguera)
Julia Castagnoli .... art department assistant: Iceland
Chockly .... art department assistant: Iceland
Victor Guðmundur Cilia .... additional painter: Iceland
Kathy Clark .... art department assistant: Iceland
Billy Copeland .... set dresser: USA
Maus Drechsler .... set decoration: USA (as Ana Katharina Drechsler)
Ingólfur Egilsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Kári Esra Einarsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Alex Engle .... props: USA
Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson .... art department assistant: Iceland
Valdimar Garðarsson .... set dresser: Iceland
Ásta Júlía Guðjónsdóttir .... art department assistant: Iceland
Ólafur Guðmundsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Ómar Örn Hauksson .... graphic design: Iceland
Hulda Helgadóttir .... set decoration: Iceland
Orri Helgason .... art department assistant: Iceland
Hera Hilmar .... art department assistant: Iceland (as Hera Hilmarsdóttir)
Sjöfn Ýr Hjartordóttir .... art department assistant: Iceland
Ólafur Ingimundarson .... carpenter: Iceland
Greg Izzo .... set dresser: USA
Bjorni Guðmann Jónsson .... art department assistant: Iceland
Kolbeinn Jónsson .... art department assistant: Iceland
Sara Maria Júlíudóttir .... art department assistant: Iceland
James Kent .... set dresser: USA (as Jim Kent)
Shaun Kerr .... art department assistant: USA
Ragnar Kjartansson .... portrait painter: rococo portrait, Iceland
David Kleinman .... art department assistant: USA
Bardur Oli Kristjansson .... carpenter: Iceland (as Bórður Ólu Krisyjónsson)
Patrick McGowan .... assistant property master: USA
Miles Michael .... set dresser: USA
Matthew Munn .... art director: USA
Charles Romanello .... carpenter: USA
Courtney Schmidt .... property master: USA (as Courtney M. Schmidt)
Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson .... carpenter: Iceland (as Bjarni Pór Sigurbjörnsson)
Friðrik Svanur Sigurðsson .... art department assistant: Iceland
Linda Stefansdottir .... art director: Iceland (as Linda Stefónsdóttir)
Magnus Leifur Sveinsson .... art department assistant: Iceland
Ívar Sturla Sævarsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Einar Unnsteinsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Jón Oskar Volggeirsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Cathy Wassylenko .... camera scenic: USA
Alexander Zaklynsky .... carpenter: Iceland
Aron Martin Ágústsson .... art department assistant: Iceland
Drífa Ármannsdóttir .... set decoration: Iceland (as Drifa Ármanns- og Freyjudóttir)
Katrín Ólafsdóttir .... art department assistant: Iceland
Steingrímur Þorvaldsson .... carpenter: Iceland
Steingrímur Þorvaldsson .... scenic painter: Iceland
 
Sound Department
Huldar Freyr Arnarson .... additional sound mixer: Iceland
Huldar Freyr Arnarson .... sound editor: Iceland
Stuart Deutsch .... sound mixer: USA
Tammy Douglas .... sound utility: USA
Pétur Einarsson .... sound mixer: Iceland
Tim Elder .... sound utility: USA
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Tom Jordan .... boom operator: USA
Kjartan Kjartansson .... dialogue editor: Iceland
Kjartan Kjartansson .... dialogue re-recording: Iceland
Kjartan Kjartansson .... foley re-recordist: Iceland
Kjartan Kjartansson .... sound designer
Kjartan Kjartansson .... sound re-recording mixer: Iceland
Ingvar Lundberg .... sound designer
Ingvar Lundberg .... sound re-recording mixer: Iceland
Julien Naudin .... foley artist: Iceland
Julien Perrin .... foley recordist: Iceland
Sigurdur H. Sigurdsson .... sound mixer: Iceland (as Sigurður H. Sigurðsson)
Björn Viktorsson .... sound editor: Iceland
Eric Milano .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jörundur Rafn Arnarson .... lead compositor
Dadi Einarsson .... visual effects supervisor (as Daði Einarsson)
Helgi Laxdal .... compositor
Martin Madsen .... visual effects: Denmark
Christian Schwanenflügel .... visual effects: Denmark
Arnþruður Dögg Sigurðardóttir .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Mike Burke .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Jim Ford .... stunt double: Lucas
Gene Harrison .... stunt double: Barber
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Beattie .... electrician: USA
Guðmann Þór Bjargmundsson .... electrician: Iceland
Luis Colon .... dolly grip: USA
Peter de Jesús .... second assistant camera: Dominican Republic (as Pedro de Jesus)
Kenneth Fundus .... best boy grip: USA
Finnur Thor Gudjonsson .... best boy: Iceland (as Finnue Pór Guðjónsson)
Ásgimur Guðbjortsson .... electrician: Iceland
Goði Már Guðbjörnsson .... first assistant camera: Iceland
Bergur Hinriksson .... electrician: Iceland
Omar Jabali .... additional first assistant camera: Iceland
Aaron Jacobs .... additional grip: USA
Orri Jonsson .... still photographer: Iceland
Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson .... second assistant camera: Iceland
Valdimar Jóhannsson .... electrician: Iceland
Nina Kuhn .... gaffer: USA
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant camera: USA
Sigurdur Bahama Magnusson .... electrician: Iceland (as Sigurður 'Bahama' Magnússon)
Geir Magnússon .... gaffer: Iceland
Joe Mandeville .... grip: USA
Matthew Mendelson .... rigging gaffer: USA
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer: USA
Patrick Murray .... electrician: USA
Robbin Park .... grip: USA
Brent Poleski .... key grip: USA (as Brent A. Poleski)
Samantha Sa .... company electric: USA
Meg Schrock .... best boy electric: USA
Chris Seehase .... clapper loader: USA
Jaime Segschneider .... second assistant camera: USA
John Shim .... electrician: USA
Frank Stubblefield .... generator operator: USA
John Vendetti .... grip: USA
David Waldman .... camera operator: USA
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera: USA
Snorri Freyr Fairweather .... additional clapper/loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Margrét Bjarnadóttir .... extras casting: Iceland
Rita Powers .... extras casting: USA
Sean Powers .... extras casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Cizmazia .... wardrobe supervisor: USA
Virginia Cook .... assistant costume designer: USA
Rebecca Edmonston .... set costumer: USA
Laufey Jónsdóttir .... costume assistant: Iceland
Lisa Thoreson .... set costumer: USA
 
Editorial Department
Tobias Bach Hansen .... conformer
Steinpór Brigisson .... post-production technical advisor: Iceland
Thomas Caspersen .... dailies
Peter Diemar .... colorist
Christian Einshøj .... assistant editor
David Jonsson .... assistant editor
Michael Frank Nielsen .... color timer (as Michael Nielsen)
Per Sidor .... digital intermediate
Morten Skytte .... digital intermediate graphic artist
Thomas Therchilsen .... arri scan operator
Claus Thobo-Carlsen .... avid support
 
Music Department
Pórarinn Mór Baldursson .... musician: viola
Pétur Ben .... musician: acoustic guitar
Daniel Björnsson .... conductor: strings
Högni Egilsson .... musician: choir
Guðni Franzson .... musician: clarinet and bass clarinet
Emil Friðfinnsson .... musician: french horn
Eyþór Gunnarsson .... musican: piano
Óskar Guðjónsson .... musician: bariton saxophone
Helgi Steinsar Helgason .... musician: choir
Sigriður Soffia Hofiiðotóttir .... musician: choir
Guðmundur Hofsteinsson .... musician: trumpet
Pétur Hollgrimsson .... musician: banjo and acoustic guitar
Kjartan Hókonarson .... musician: trumpet
Elsa Maria Jakobsdóttir .... musician: choir
Orri Jonsson .... musician: various instruments (as Orri Jónsson)
Davið þór Jónsson .... musician: piano
Guðmundur Kristinn Jónsson .... musician: choir (as Guðmundur Kr Jónsson)
Árni Heiðar Karlsson .... composer: additional music
Árni Heiðar Karlsson .... musician: cekeste and piano
Dagur Kári .... musician: various instruments
Ingvar Lundberg .... additional music mixer
Birkir Freyr Matthiasson .... musician: trumpet
Júiia Mogensen .... musician: cello
þórunn Ósk Morinósdóttir .... musician: viole
Olafur Bjorn Olafsson .... musician: drums, vibraphone (as Ólafur Björn Ólafsson)
Jóel Pálsson .... musician: clarinet, contrabass-clarinet, tenor saxophone
Samúel J. Samúelsson .... musician: trombone
Reynir Sigurðsson .... musician: vibraphone and marimba
Slowblow .... additional music mixer
Slowblow .... music mixer
Slowblow .... music producer
Slowblow .... music recordist
Óttar Sæmundsen .... musician: double bass, electric bass
Sigrirður Thorlocius .... musician: choir
Colby Trane .... music supervisor
Gunni Tynes .... music mixer
Gunni Tynes .... music recordist
Bob Zimmerman .... musician: acoustic guitars (as Robert Zimmerman)
 
Transportation Department
Joe Castiglione .... teamster: USA
Paul Castiglione .... teamster: USA
Reginald Crute .... teamster: USA
P. Gomez .... driver: Dominican Republic
Timothy Paustian .... teamster captain: USA
Thomas Reilly .... co-teamster captain: USA (as Tom Reilly)
 
Other crew
Laurifer Abrams .... set production assistant: USA
Chris Allen .... set production assistant: USA
Ethan Anderson .... set production assistant: USA
Óskar Thór Axelsson .... script supervisor: Iceland
Óskar Thór Axelsson .... script supervisor: USA
Julia Bembenek .... liaison: Forensic Films, USA
Jon K. Björnsson .... helicopter pilot: Iceland (as Jón K. Björnsson)
Omó Geir Borg .... body double: Mr.Cox
Karen Bronds .... catering and craft service: Dominican Republic, Helen Terry Catering
Ryan Bryer .... set production assistant: USA
Kerry Clark .... parking coordinator: USA
Nicole Compas .... production counsel
Alison Davis .... assistant production coordinator: USA
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator: USA
Anne Marie Dentici .... production secretary: USA
Luis DiStefano .... production assistant: Dominican Republic
Hildur Einarsdóttir .... animal trainer: Iceland
Aditya Ezhuthachan .... assistant to executive producer: USA
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Kristbergur Guðjónsson .... set runner: Iceland
Hera Hilmar .... production assistant: Iceland (as Hera Hilmarsdóttir)
Ásta Dóra Ingadóttir .... animal trainer: dog, Iceland
Höskuldur Ketilsson .... assistant to director: Iceland
Catherina Ren Knerr .... assistant: Mr. Cox (as Catherina Knerr)
Gray Krauss .... production counsel
Susann Kretzschmar .... assistant production coordinator: Iceland (as B. Susann Kretzschnar)
Dagur Kári .... title designer: Iceland
Nina Lavin .... location coordinator: USA
Peter Lombardi .... production accountant: USA (as Pete Lombardi)
Jack McDonnel Long .... office runner: USA
Jack McDonnell Long .... production assistant
John Maher .... location manager: USA
Róbert Már Maríusson .... set runner: Iceland
George S. Matsuo .... craft service assistant: USA (as George Matsuo)
Damien Noguer .... set production assistant intern: USA
Halfdan Pedersen .... title designer: Iceland (as Hólfdon Pedersen)
John Puccinelli .... additional production assistant: USA
Lynda Reynolds .... catering chef: USA
Michael K. Reynolds .... catering chef: USA
Javier Rojas .... craft service: USA
Gene Michael Smith .... set production assistant: USA (as Gene Smith)
Allan Stearns .... caterer: USA
Nadia Szold .... liaison: Forensic Films, USA
Helen Terry .... catering and craft service: Dominican Republic, Helen Terry Catering
R.Z. Thrun .... assistant location manager: USA (as Zoch Thrun)
Daniela Tolomei .... office intern: USA
Isold Uggadottir .... additional production assistant: Iceland
Danny Wong .... key production assistant: USA
Imran Yusufzai .... first assistant accountant: USA
Mika Zimmerman .... office production assistant: USA
Katrín Björgvinsdóttir .... catering: on-set (uncredited)
George Easley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Goldenbaum .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Joyce Goldenbaum .... head animal coordinator (uncredited)
Adam King .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ash Minnick .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathy Sperduto .... animal trainer: duck, kitten (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language and a disturbing image
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99 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Jacques:This is a bar, and by definition the capacity of a bar cannot exceed 13 people. Think Jesus and his apostles.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Teen Wolf: The Tell (#1.5)" (2011)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"Intimate, unsentimental and diverse...", 24 December 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French-born Icelandic screenwriter and director Dagur Kári's third feature film which he wrote, premiered in the Special Presentations section at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in 2009, was shot on locations in New York, USA and Iceland and is a France-Denmark-Iceland-USA-Germany co-production which was produced by Icelandic producers Skuli Fr. Malmquist and Thor S. Sigurjónsson. It tells the story about a cynical owner of a bar in New York who after having his fifth heart attack ends up at hospital where he meets a homeless man named Lucas who has been committed due to a suicide attempt. After Lucas is released from the hospital, Jacques picks him up from the streets, insists that he becomes his apprentice and let's him stay in a room at his bar.

Finely and subtly directed by Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kári Pétursson, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a heartily portrayal of a friendship and somewhat father-son-like relationship between a middle-aged bartender with prospects and an altruistic vagrant. While notable for it's atmospheric milieu depictions, fine production design by Icelandic production designer and actor Hálfdan Pedersen and cinematography by Danish cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk, this humorous, somewhat surreal and existentialistic drama depicts two mindful studies of character and contains a cheerful score by the Icelandic band Slowblow.

This multinational and multilingual independent film about a rare kinship between two men from different generations and lifestyles which is tested by the sudden arrival of a woman named April who shows up out of nowhere, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, quick-witted dialog and the prominent, understated, engaging and commendable acting performances by American actor Brian Cox, American actor Paul Dano and French actress Isild Le Besco. An intimate, unsentimental and diverse character piece which gained, among other awards, the award for Best Director Dagur Kári at the Edda Awards in 2011.

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