'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'.