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The Good Heart -- An old bar owner befriends a young drifter and hopes to mold him in his own hilariously cranky image to leave him the bar when he dies, only to butt heads when the boy falls in love with a beautiful woman.
The Good Heart -- A bartender takes a young homeless man in under his wing.

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Dagur Kári (written by)
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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 & 7 nominations See more »
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Tour de force from Brian Cox & Paul Dano 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
Strohmann .... associate producer (as Sigrid Strohmann)
 
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
Godi Már Gudbjörnsson .... focus puller
Finnur Thor Gudjonsson .... best boy: Iceland (as Finnue Pór Guðjónsson)
Ásgrímur Guðbjartsson .... electrician: Iceland (as Ásgimur Guðbjortsson)
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)
Davíð 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:You're doin' all right, Lucas, but you still got a lot to learn. We gotta work on your attitude. I mean, you're not a natural when it comes to hostility and arrogance but, given time, it'll come.See more »
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Referenced in "Teen Wolf: The Tell (#1.5)" (2011)See more »

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44 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Tour de force from Brian Cox & Paul Dano, 25 September 2009
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the North American Premiere of "The Good Heart" at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Brian Cox and Paul Dano (reunited after the 2001 indie classic "L.I.E.") pull off a tour de force that left me breathless in this character piece from Icelandic writer/director Dagur Kári.

The film opens with Lucas (Dano) barely eking out a living in a cardboard box under a rusty highway overpass, with only a scrawny kitten as a companion. Jacques (Cox) runs a worn old bar where he's beginning to take on its characteristics. The two meet and a classic intergenerational arc is set up that carries the film to the end.

The film is dominated by a triumphant performance from Cox, one of the film world's masters. Shot primarily in one interior location, the theatrical nature of the script lends itself to playful interaction between the two leads. The chemistry between Cox and Dano began in 2001 with "L.I.E." and there's still magic in that relationship, forged over time as Dano has matured as an actor and into manhood. Interestingly, there are some references to cars and shaving which have carried over from "L.I.E." to "The Good Heart," intentional or not. Conflict is infused by the sudden appearance of April (Isild Le Besco), who forces the two to take sides even as their friendship is beginning to blossom.

Shot with mostly hand-held camera by cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk, "The Good Heart's" grainy film stock, washed out colors, and natural lighting without compensation for shadows give the film an honest look. A sweet soundtrack is mostly provided by the player piano that holds a prominent place in the bar. It's a clever and amusing device.

A long time in the making, "The Good Heart" spent five years in production with exteriors in New York and interiors in Iceland. Cox's introduction after the screening brought the first standing ovation of the festival.

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