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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: Danish, English, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Nordisk
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8RF3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,991 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danish Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, English. A young couple are looking forward to their wedding when an accident befalls them. You think your biggest problem today is going to get the shopping done and suddenly your fiancé gets run over. It's like a blade into your life, for better and for worse. The 'worse' is the event as it takes place; the 'better' is what happens afterwards. What happens when fate suddenly snaps its fingers and turns life upside down at a stroke. This is the central question director Susanne Bier poses and attempts to answer in her first feature made according to the Dogme rules. "Open Hearts" is a film about the promises we cannot keep and the life we cannot plan. A film about life, true love and the responsibility for the people we love.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "lisa1987" on 15 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By You caught me procrastinating again on 26 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2003
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2008
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Daly on 7 May 2009
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nigel on 8 Sept. 2011
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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) (and her film Brothers had a Hollywood remake). This was made in 2002. She's worked with the demon Lars Von Trier. Her ability is to get her actors to tell the story with economy and believable structure of feeling. I think Scandinavian Cinema generally is getting the attention it deserves. The stories, technique and beauty has usurped the rather crass US cinema. The only problem is we have crass distribution that panders to them. But perhaps that'll change. Must say that the screenplay by Anders Thomas Jensen is taut. Biers has still a good relationship with him and you can see why. Film students will learn much from this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sindri on 12 Sept. 2013
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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. It premiered at the 30th Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund in 2002, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 27th Toronto International Film Festival in 2002, in the Official Selection section at the 50th San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2002, was shot on location in Denmark and is a Danish production which was produced by Danish producer Vibeke Windeløv. It tells the story about a geography student named Joachim whom is going on a mountain climbing trip to Patagonia, South America and who on the day after having proposed to his 25-year-old girlfriend named Cæcilie who is a chef, is hit by a car and hospitalized. Whilst Cæcilie is waiting to see Joachim at the hospital, she is introduced to a doctor named Niels who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with his wife named Marie and their 6-year-old son named Emil, 8-year-old son named Gustav and 14-year-old daughter named Stine who is in high school and who is having a fall out with her best friend regarding her boyfriend. Niels tells Cæcilie who he is and after talking with Marie who feels responsible for what has happened to Joachim, he begins spending time with Cæcilie.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Millar VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2010
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'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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