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Open Hearts [DVD] [2003]

Sonja Richter , Nikolaj Lie Kaas , Susanne Bier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen, Stine Bjerregaard
  • Directors: Susanne Bier
  • Writers: Anders Thomas Jensen
  • Producers: Jonas Frederiksen, Karen Bentzon, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Vibeke Windeløv
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISKC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Romantic drama where a tragic accident brings two people together. Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Cecilie (Sonja Richter) are madly in love and plan to marry. Joachim is left paralyzed from the neck down following an accident. Marie (Paprika Steen), the woman responsible for the accident, asks her doctor husband, Niels (Mads Mikkelsen) to take care of Cecilie. It doesn't take long before Cecilie and Niels are lovers and have to deal with the guilt they feel towards the partners they said they would not leave.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa 15 Dec 2005
After recently seeing this on sky as I was flipping through the channels, I was left with a great sense of appreciation of films of this kind. The storyline is pure and real, the characters believeable and the acting exceptional. It's one of those real to life movies, not overdone or exagerrated, just a heartfelt story portrayed in an honest and relateable way. I would reccommend this to anyone who enjoys romance films, not to say that this follows the usual streotype. It's far deeper and thoughtprovoking than your average romance and overall is definately a must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of cinema 26 Feb 2004
A film driven by human experience rather than character or story, which nevertheless stands out by creating characters that invite near universal empathy. We feel and care for all of them as they come to terms with the kind of tragedy that everyone knows could be just around the corner.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Hearts: Moving and mesmeric 19 Dec 2003
By A Customer
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Open Hearts is a beautiful film about the power of love. Sounds cheesy, but it's certainly not. It shuns the soppy, unoriginal scripts that most Romantic dramas adhere to and what emerges is a true tour de force. A Romantic drama that is altogether compelling yet almost embarrasing to watch as it almost feels too real. The film centers around the outcome of a tragic meeting between a married doctor and the girlfriend of a paraplegic patient being treated at his hospital. I was totally gripped by the plot and can't recommend it highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful drama 1 Nov 2008
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
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A beautiful film in which everyone loses something. A tragic accident is the catalyst for this drama/love story which is both touching and sad. Some fantastic acting from all the main cast and this is just another example of Danish cinema. I can't give the film enough praise and it's best that you go enjoy it for yourselves. All the other reviews here cover all the positive points quite well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So good... 7 May 2009
I watched this film this morning after having it sit in my dvd collection for several months. I'm so sorry that i didn't view it sooner. It was incredibly moving without being mawkish, and realistically depicted how seemingly good relationships can fall apart through changed circumstances. All the leads were excellent and the 'affair' was handled very well and didn't make villains of anybody. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more ... 17 Oct 2010
'Open Hearts' is another successful addition to the Dogme 95 stable of films. The plot is nothing new, similar to Lars von Triers' 'Breaking The Waves' - although not as downbeat - but the performances lift this film into a five star rating.

As is usual with films made following the Dogme 95 manifesto it has the feel of a documentary about it (due to the use of hand held cameras - so no widescreen), and you really get to feel you are following real people and their lives through tragedy and love.

The plot concerns the effect a road accident has on the five main characters - a doctor, his wife and eldest daughter and two young lovers - and how their relationships develop and change throughout the movie.

If you've seen the other Dogme 95 movies - 'Festen', 'The Idiots' and 'Italian for Beginners' - then I would reccomend havng a look at 'Open Hearts'. If you haven't seen any Dogme 95 films then start with this one and move onto 'Italian for Beginners' before tackling 'Festen' and 'The Idiots'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars about the human condition 12 Oct 2013
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A well made Danish film about human relationships. Good but to me the story line had bee used so many times before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Enrico
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Maybe not a masterpiece, sometimes a bit too black or white (but this is probably a reflection of the Danish/Scandinavian drama school). However, the acting is great and in the end you go away with something (not a sweet feeling but this can be life)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film and amazing DVD
I loved the film long before I bought the DVD. If I should summarize it in a single sentence, I'd say it's an astonishing portrayal of pain and suffering in a movie with no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars "Acutely and gracefully romantic..."
Danish screenwriter, producer and director Susanne Bier`s seventh feature film which was written by Danish screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, is based on an idea by Susanne Bier. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sindri
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Hearts
Another good Danish film. Mads Mikkelson is very good in this film. A film about what happens when a good man does something wrong and how it affects his family.
Published 7 months ago by E A James
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful production from start to finish
I love this film , another Mads Mikkelson classic. Do not pass this by
, a brilliant example of foreign Cinema
Published 14 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A naturalistic dogme gem
I watched this dog me film by Susan Blier being was fed up with all other films on offer and was stunned how captivating the acting and direction was. Read more
Published 21 months ago by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars blown away
what a beautiful and powerful film , yes it made me cry but this is not a tear jerker , in the american sense , but a really tender story about consiquences and choices . Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life as it happens
wonderful film, extremly well acted and disturbingly true to life. A film that will stick in your mind for some time. Another real life classic.
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by lance
5.0 out of 5 stars Naturalist Cinema at its best
Extraordinary drama this. All the better for the stringent adherence to DOGME. Suzanne Bier is a wonderful director (her film in a better world won the best foreign film oscar)... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves an Oscar, and more....
I've rarely seen a movie which moved me so much , by showing the very usual story of couples caught up in the fights of life, love and reality... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Boudewyn Van Dyck
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Moving - highly recommending it!
I watched this DVD last night and I was in tears on a couple of occasions. It's a love story, but with a twist - when an unexpected accident happened, the fate of the characters... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Junying Kirk
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