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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 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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finding new love the hard way
18 March 2004 | by helenhowell47See all my reviews

Another one of those small Euro digital films that explores human emotion so much better than the mega-bucks equivalents from the States.

When a loving couples unity is shattered by a horrific road accident that cripples the boyfriend, the story explores how a moment can destroy a lifetime or create alternate paths. Superbly acted with deep pathos and unflinching torment, I have yet to see a better performance this year of a female lead. You leave the cinema questioning how the happiest moment in your life can be stolen in a blink of an eye. Life is fragile and all too brief. Not a minute should be wasted.


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