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Enough has been said about the Dogme rules, and the many movies that
have been made with the certificate. No matter if you like the concept
or not, Dogme will always ad a great amount of realism into a movie.
And in "Elsker Dig Forevigt"/"Open Heart" the realism is very strong.
Probably stronger in any of the other Dogme-films I have seen.
Even more realistic the movie gets from the acting, which is
outstanding. I found Mads Mikkelsen a bit under-achieving in the
beginning, but as the drama gets more intense so does Mikkelsen. He
is Niels, the soft, modern, Danish family-man, who is as good with the
kids as he is with his job. Other of Mikkelsen's parts has been very
far from that, not least playing Tonny in Refn's "Pusher" and "Pusher
The wife of Niels, Marie, is well performed by Paprika Steen. Danish
movies have had a reputation (in Denmark) that they are all dull,
everyday-dramas with Paprika Steen in a leading role. "Elsker Dig..."
has probably played a part in creating this reputation. It's not really
fair, firstly because Danish movies are a lot more than that and
secondly because Steen is really good. In "Elsker Dig " she shows great
dept in her acting, and in one of the best scenes in the movie Marie's
'house-wife-facade' breaks down, showing that Marie is a lot stronger
than what you could have expected. It's a difficult scene, but Steen
carries it out very well.
As the third corner stone of the triangle Sonja Richter is the young
woman Cæcilie who's boyfriend Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is severely
injured, when he gets run down by Marie, driving a bit too fast. The
performances by Richter and Kaas are as spotless as they are
I have to comment on the children in this movie. It rarely works really
well, because children aren't actors. But the teenage daughter of Niels
and Marie, Stine (Stine Bjerregaard), has a lot to offer. She too has a
big scene, again it works, and it's brilliant. The younger brothers,
Gustav and Emil, works very good too. These kids aren't 'acting' they
are 'living' their parts. Stop casting wonder-kids, and look this way!
This thing is normally not my thing. But still I rated this movie high
because it is a good movie. I generally like realism in movies (which
I guess this review unveils) and that is 100% here.
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