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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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: What blood type are you?
Ben: O.
Jacques: O's good. No threat in O.
Ben: Well, what blood type are you?
Jacques: Fuckin' A.
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Life's Railway To Heaven Hymn
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The Good Heart is a good film!
26 January 2013 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

It is a drama and so-called independent film (with Icelandic screenwriter/director), but it is not oppressive, but includes plenty of comic moments. The screenplay is witty and distinct (with some predictability though) and all the cast is good (supporting actors) or excellent (leading actors Brian Cox and Paul Dano). They are masterly both together and separately, you constantly feel chemistry between them - does not matter if their characters agree or disagree.

Highly recommended, although the film is not to everybody's taste: most of event occur in a bar, scenes including women are infrequent, the ending is ambivalent. But still, this film deserves far more attention, praise and distribution, primarily in northern parts of Europe and America.


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