Open Hearts

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Released 2003

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Open Hearts

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Director:
Susanne Bier
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Cecilie (Sonja Richter) and Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are engaged to be married, when tragedy strikes: Joachim is the victim of a car crash that robs him of the use of his legs. While at the hospital tending to Joachim, Cecilie meets Niels (Mads Mikkelsen), a doctor working there. As she leans on him for moral support, she discovers that his wife was responsible for Joachim's accident. The revelation doesn't stop their affair, which throws both their lives into upheaval.

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  • 90

    Variety

    Poignant, thoughtful and utterly absorbing, Susanne Bier's Dogme film Open Hearts is a gem.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The gritty, low-budget realism approach of the Dogme manifesto gives immediacy and edge to the raw emotions Bier and her cast uncover. Best of all, Bier never forgets that a little...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Until the end, when it begins to go soft, the movie takes two strands of soap opera convention -- a life-changing accident and an adulterous affair -- and spins their suds into gold.

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