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The Good Heart (2009)

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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing.

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Dagur Kári

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Dagur Kári
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Lucas
Brian Cox ... Jacques
Bill Buell ... Roger Verne
Boði Boði ... Rococo
Susan Blommaert ... Nurse Nora
Alice Olivia Clarke ... Nurse Mona
Sonnie Brown Sonnie Brown ... Nurse Woo (as Kim Songwon Brown)
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Psychiatrist (as Stephen Henderson)
Seth Sharp Seth Sharp ... Nurse Billy
David Moss David Moss ... Homeless #1
Dale A. Smith Dale A. Smith ... Homeless #2
Michelle J. Nelson Michelle J. Nelson ... Nurse Sheila (as Michelle Nelson)
Henry Yuk Henry Yuk ... Chin Lee (as Henry Yuk Lui)
Ed Wheeler ... Jonathan
Clark Middleton ... Dimitri
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Storyline

After a suicide attempt, Lucas, a young homeless man in New York City, is taken in by Jacques, the gruff owner of a small bar. Jacques is on his fifth or sixth heart attack, and he wants Lucas to run the bar after he dies. Jacques has many rules: don't be friendly, don't serve walk-ins, no food or flowers or candles, put the cash in the freezer every night. Lucas, on the other hand, has a good heart: he gives his money away, he talks to customers, and, when April, a young French woman who has washed out of flight-attendant school, enters the bar chilled to the bone, Lucas takes her in. If Jacques won't tolerate April, what will Lucas do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everyone needs a refuge from the world.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »
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Country:

Iceland | Denmark | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Bom Coração See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,955, 2 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,959, 23 May 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Brian Cox and Paul Dano also starred together in the movie "L.I.E." (2001) and the BBC mini-series "War and Peace" (2016). See more »

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When Jacques' new room mate, Ben, suddenly collapses, he falls backward. But in the next shot he is lying face down. See more »

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Brian Cox tour de force
24 February 2011 | by dangabrielSee all my reviews

This movie is about Brian Cox... Director Dagur Kari provides a stage. Paul Dano is great being a looking-glass. But Brian Cox's Jacques is monumental, he literally carries the action from the first second he steps in. He energizes the viewer, no matter how one classifies his moral actions. The bar scene is one of surrealistic charm, dwelled by decameronesque characters and maintained as a personal fiefdom by Jacques. The short story on the cover is "A bartender takes a young homeless man in under his wing" but there is so MUCH more to it. Lucas (Paul Dano) represents here a humanity clear of prejudice, pure and immortal. The suicide attempt doesn't stop him. Nor does death itself, his heart symbolically living on in another body. Supporting actress Isild le Besco is somehow incongruous, offering not believable French accented replies. Underwhelming, as her debut movies in France, where her naked skin prevails. Probably a strong actress, I am thinking here Emily Mortimer, or Marie-Louise Parker, or, -if they really wanted a French one, how about Sandrine Kiberlain? -would have done much better. Solidly memorable, Brian Cox gives this movie so much personality and energy that only true talent can offer. In line with Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, Cox is another Musqueteer of a generation of powerful performances from Britain to enchant us. Watch this great movie, and a bar will never look the same to you!


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