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.
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen; Director: Susanne Bier; Author: Anders Thomas Jensen; Runtime (in minutes): 113; Distributor: Newmarket Capital Group
Posted February 26 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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