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Open Hearts Review


Excellent
Anyone who has suffered the pain in the gut after the loss of a loved one will have a special connection to this story coming to us from Denmark. Loss can have many meanings and here it's a matter of a sudden change of destiny and the disappearance of emotional fulfillment as a result of an accident. Moreover, it's a story that evolves as life does. A horror occurs, the people involved react, the change in situation produces new needs which lead to changes and consequences.

The relationship between beautiful, sexy Cecilie (Sonja Richter) and her lover Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is fun and endearing and we soon care about these people whose bond is expressed by the playful manner in which Joachim asks Cecilie to marry him and how she responds in the affirmative. The following morning, Cecilie drops Joachim off for a planned trip and, as he springs from the car on the traffic side, is hit by a car. Suddenly, what seemed so sure and positive is wrenched into another dimension.

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Open Hearts Review


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Newly engaged and adorably adoring of her rock-climber beau, a pretty young Copenhagen woman's life is thrown into despair and chaos when her lover is crushed under a speeding Volvo just as she kisses him goodbye for a weekend climbing expedition.

Emotionally bewildered in a way that transcends the screen (through director Susanne Bier's penetrating, low-key, handheld photography), Cecilie (Sonja Richter) sits all alone in the hospital waiting to hear if and how her man will survive. But her aching disorientation really takes hold in this Danish minimalist film "Open Hearts" after Cecilie finds herself spurned by the now-paralyzed Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) -- who is lashing out at the world in anger and bitterness.

Soon she falls into an affair with a doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) at the hospital -- a doctor who feels responsible for her well-being because it had been his wife (Paprika Steen) behind the wheel of the Volvo.

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