Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 05, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Good Heart

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/30/10
performer
Brian Cox, Paul Dano
director
Dagur Kari
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
author
Dagur Kari
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

In The Good Heart, Brian Cox plays a cantankerous cusser who owns a downtown NYC dive bar and a bad ticker. Paul Dano is the suicidal homeless waif-hipster he takes on as a protégé and business heir. The Big Apple of this evanescent tone poem is an invented nocturnal landscape featuring speechifying eccentrics and absurdist moments that feel northern European in sensibility. That may be because Iceland-bred writer-director Dagur Kári shot most of the picture in his homeland, loading a lot of distinctly Nordic seriocomic melancholy onto a study of two characters in a city that never sleeps. B-

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