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Open Hearts

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Sonja Richter, Mads Mikkelsen, ...

Open Hearts

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
113 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/21/03
performer:
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen
director:
Susanne Bier
distributor:
Newmarket Capital Group
author:
Anders Thomas Jensen
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

Open Hearts is a striking Danish drama of tragedy and adultery, directed by Susanne Bier. This story couldn’t be more Lifetime (or ”Days of Our Lives”): A car accident wrecks a young couple’s wedding plans, and while her paralyzed fiance (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) rages in a hospital bed, the disconsolate bride-to-be (Sonja Richter) turns to a staff doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) for solace — and soon for passion. But honesty, conveyed by the actors’ unsentimental performances, Anders Thomas Jensen’s truth-seeking script, and an effective use of the Dogma 95 style of hand-held filmmaking, invigorates Bier’s well-made film. Indeed, discovering such a small pleasure is the kind of experience that rewards film lovers who browse with open eyes as well as hearts.

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