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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paprika Steen's slap to Mads Mikkelsen was not scripted and was improvised on the spot. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in 'Elsker dig for evigt' på filmfestival (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Your Heart
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner, Niels Brinck, Anggun
Performed by Anggun
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Outstanding film
7 December 2005 | by k-barton1See all my reviews

Having just watched this film, I had to write something. Totally stunned by the film and its depth. The acting was superb, with totally believable characters involved with an amazing script. I would rate this as probably the most impacting film I have watched. I would recommend watching this film with a loved one. Don't miss any chance to watch this.

The music score is first class, and fits exactly with the tone of the film. Having not seen the actors before, my next task will be to find out what else they and the director have been involved with, in the hope that another gem exists of similar quality.


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