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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Niels
... Cæcilie Pagh
... Joachim
... Marie
Stine Bjerregaard ... Stine
Birthe Neumann ... Hanne
Niels Olsen ... Finn
Ulf Pilgaard ... Thomsen
Ronnie Lorenzen ... Gustav (as Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen)
Pelle Bang Sørensen ... Emil
Anders Nyborg ... Robert
Ida Dwinger ... Sanne
... Tommy
Michel Castenholt ... Furniture Store Assistant
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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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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6 September 2002 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Open Hearts  »

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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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1.37 : 1
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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 '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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A sober tragedy about love and guilt
20 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie has a sober sense of tragic : It shows how life is fragile and uncontrollable, whether it is a young couple passionately in love hit by a terrible accident or a double-kid mature couple whose husband will be unfaithful to his wife. The cleverness of the story-telling lies in the fact that the two stories are highly intertwined and all through movie you find yourself recognising everything the characters struggle through. You want to judge them but you are left with you own guilt without any conclusion fro the film. The documentary-style and the dogme do not prevail over the meaning and even give some realistic strength to the beautiful acting. To sum up : a simple tale of two destinies where tragedy reveal our fragility and love can redeem guilt. (7 out Of 10)


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