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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 / Marie's husband
Sonja Richter ... Cæcilie / Joachim' fiancee
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Joachim / Cæcilie' fiance
Paprika Steen ... Marie / Niels' wife
Stine Bjerregaard Stine Bjerregaard ... Stine / Marie and Niels' daughter
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ... Hanne
Niels Olsen Niels Olsen ... Finn / Niels' colleague
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Thomsen
Ronnie Lorenzen Ronnie Lorenzen ... Gustav / Marie and Niels' son (as Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen)
Pelle Bang Sørensen Pelle Bang Sørensen ... Emil / Marie and Niels' son
Anders Nyborg Anders Nyborg ... Robert / Niels' brother in-law
Ida Dwinger Ida Dwinger ... Sanne / Niels' friend
Philip Zandén ... Tommy
Michel Castenholt Michel Castenholt ... Furniture Store Assistant
Birgitte Prins Birgitte Prins ... A&E Doctor
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Storyline

Cecilie is devastated when her fiancé 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

Gross USA:

$122,308
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The ThermaCAM used in the opening and closing scenes, was originally intended for use throughout the movie. But in final editing Susanne Bier cut all the ThermaCAM-shots, because she felt they conflicted with the movies realistic tone. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Stjernerne på slottet: Tæt på Paprika Steen (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Counting Down
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck
Performed by Anggun
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Open Hearts is devoid of superficial movie cliches
7 March 2003 | by bluesquidSee all my reviews

Halfway through Open Hearts, it becomes more obvious that you're watching a fictional account. The plot becomes slightly predictable, which is a good thing. For the most part, this new Danish film feels like a reality documentary and pulls you in like reality itself. Director Susanne Bier follows the technical requirements to earn a Dogme 95 certification, which means the film has to be devoid of any unnatural camera movement, lighting and sound among other rules. As a result, Open Hearts is also devoid of superficial movie cliches and full of heartfelt human situations.

The film follows a young, newly?engaged couple and a married couple with kids, whose lives are interrupted and complicated by a road accident. Bier stays clear of the external effects of the drama and instead focuses on the characters' inner effects. Her protagonists lose emotional control and appear ill?equipped to handle the consequences of an unexpected tragedy. The film's appeal is not only universal, but timely as well, shattering the modern belief that everything is controllable. Once tragedy strikes, our lives seem far more fragile than we thought.

Stephan Paschalides


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