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The Good Heart (2009)

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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing.

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Dagur Kári

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Dagur Kári
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Lucas
Brian Cox ... Jacques
Bill Buell ... Roger Verne
Boði Boði ... Rococo
Susan Blommaert ... Nurse Nora
Alice Olivia Clarke ... Nurse Mona
Sonnie Brown Sonnie Brown ... Nurse Woo (as Kim Songwon Brown)
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Psychiatrist (as Stephen Henderson)
Seth Sharp Seth Sharp ... Nurse Billy
David Moss David Moss ... Homeless #1
Dale A. Smith Dale A. Smith ... Homeless #2
Michelle J. Nelson Michelle J. Nelson ... Nurse Sheila (as Michelle Nelson)
Henry Yuk Henry Yuk ... Chin Lee (as Henry Yuk Lui)
Ed Wheeler ... Jonathan
Clark Middleton ... Dimitri
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Storyline

After a suicide attempt, Lucas, a young homeless man in New York City, is taken in by Jacques, the gruff owner of a small bar. Jacques is on his fifth or sixth heart attack, and he wants Lucas to run the bar after he dies. Jacques has many rules: don't be friendly, don't serve walk-ins, no food or flowers or candles, put the cash in the freezer every night. Lucas, on the other hand, has a good heart: he gives his money away, he talks to customers, and, when April, a young French woman who has washed out of flight-attendant school, enters the bar chilled to the bone, Lucas takes her in. If Jacques won't tolerate April, what will Lucas do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everyone needs a refuge from the world.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »
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Country:

Iceland | Denmark | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Bom Coração See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,955, 2 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,959, 23 May 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Cox and Paul Dano also starred together in the movie "L.I.E." (2001) and the BBC mini-series "War and Peace" (2016). See more »

Goofs

During the broccoli/fart scene, the bottle of what appears to be soy sauce is shown in different positions when the camera is shooting Lucas. See more »

Quotes

Jacques: This is a bar, and by definition the capacity of a bar cannot exceed 13 people. Think Jesus and his apostles.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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Written and performed by FM Belfast
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Brian Cox and Paul Dano
2 April 2010 | by jwaters1518See all my reviews

Brian Cox & Paul Dano are a remarkable pairing in a film that doesn't really accomplish much, but somehow remains okay. Jacques, a bitter bartender looking for someone to carry on his legacy stumbles upon Lucas, a homeless young adult who is hopelessly giving. The pairing between the two is what allows the film to float above complete disaster, as their on screen chemistry elevates the otherwise nonexistent storyline to a level slightly beyond entriguing. As Jacques determines to break the kid and turn him into a "proper bartender", one who does not help people but destroys them, he finds a kid unwilling to bend in his giving ways. This changes Jacques, but the seeds of contempt Jacques has planted within Lucas in his "lessons of life" rub a lot deeper. This movie would've easily gotten an 8 had it ended about 5 minutes earlier. I must say that there was a scene in the beginning where I knew exactly what would happen at the end of the film, and this not only cripples any film revolving around this as a plot device, it destroys the very purpose of the entire piece. The only reason to watch this film is Brian Cox & Paul Dano's amazing on screen chemistry, and that alone places this film slightly above palatable.


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