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Open Hearts (2002)

Elsker dig for evigt (original title)
A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

Director:

Susanne Bier
12 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Niels
Sonja Richter ... Cæcilie Pagh
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Joachim
Paprika Steen ... Marie
Stine Bjerregaard Stine Bjerregaard ... Stine
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ... Hanne
Niels Olsen Niels Olsen ... Finn
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Thomsen
Ronnie Lorenzen Ronnie Lorenzen ... Gustav (as Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen)
Pelle Bang Sørensen Pelle Bang Sørensen ... Emil
Anders Nyborg Anders Nyborg ... Robert
Ida Dwinger Ida Dwinger ... Sanne
Philip Zandén ... Tommy
Michel Castenholt Michel Castenholt ... Furniture Store Assistant
Birgitte Prins Birgitte Prins ... A&E Doctor
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Storyline

SPOILER: Cecilie is devastated when her fiancée Joachim is seriously injured in a car accident and is paralyzed from the neck down. Marie was the driver that caused the accident and she ask her husband Niels, a doctor at the hospital where Joachim is being treated, to help out Cecilie. However their relationship evolves in an affair which threatens Niels family. Written by Phythian

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

6 September 2002 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Open Hearts See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,224, 23 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$122,308, 30 March 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film actually breaks with some of the Dogme 95 rules, e.g. the blood used in the car accident scene is 'theatre' blood, there were fantasy sequences shot in Super-8 and also a ThermaCAM has been used. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits are stamped on the screen in thermal photography. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Go' aften Danmark: Episode dated 5 September 2002 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Counting Down
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck
Performed by Anggun
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Scenes from a Marriage
17 March 2003 | by LordLucanSee all my reviews

A Bergmanesque study of a marriage that is turned upsidedown by one part mishap and one part momentary lapse of reason. What's provocative here, and makes for an intelligent and moving film, is the way in which the spurned wife (played with quiet dignity by the estimable Paprika Steen) doesn't dish up deserved revenge, quivering hatred or physical or mental violence. but, rather, offers an attempt to understand, to accept, and to hold the family together regardless. How rare is this? The line that stays with me - and it's a casual aside but one that cuts straight to the bone - is Paprika telling her husband's mistress that `we can't even afford' the new furniture he has lavished on her.

Once the film hits its groove, its DOGME origins are forgotten and we're left with intimacy and the thousand and one little tragedies that unfold on any given day of any given week. It could be said to be modest in scope, somewhat uninventive in form, and it does immerse itself uncritically in the middle class milieu (and in this respect, I would liken it to Moretti's `La Stanza del Figlio' - except that film does seem to express a suppressed distaste for Berlusconi's Italy), but there's an honesty and maturity that make it a valuable experience - particularly for any teenager used to a soap opera diet of hysterical marriage operatics. or for anyone still recovering from `Festen'.

At its best, and there's a frisson of that here, DOGME-95 has delivered fresh slices of life (or, to elaborate, privileges a panorama of personal battles against a recognisably familiar backdrop) - its Vows of Chastity whittling the camera down to something akin to a microscope.


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