Open Hearts

Open Hearts

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Directed by Susanne Bier
Produced by Vibeke Windelov
Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring Mads Mikkelsen
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Music by Jesper Winge Leisner
Cinematography Morten Søborg
Edited by Pernille Bech Christensen
Distributed by Nordisk Film
Release dates
Running time
113 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Open Hearts (Danish: Elsker dig for evigt), is a 2002 Danish drama film directed by Susanne Bier using the minimalist filmmaking techniques of the Dogme 95 manifesto. It stars Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter and Paprika Steen. Also referred to as Dogme #28, Open Hearts relates the story of two couples whose lives are traumatized by a car crash and adultery. Joachim, a young man, is made a tetraplegic and hospitalized indefinitely by a car crash after being hit by Marie. Marie's husband Niels is a doctor at the hospital, and he falls for Joachim's fiancee Cecilie, and they have an affair. Niels then leaves his wife, teenage daughter and two young boys for Cecilie, who abandons Joachim.[1]

Open Hearts received a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes movie review website.[2] Susanne Bier received the International Critics Award at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival "for the fact that it proves that dogma has come of age and matured into a potent cinematic language that skillfully captures the freeing of real emotions that extreme trauma creates within the lives of the characters in her film."[3] The film won both the Bodil and Robert awards for Best Danish Film in 2003.



Open Hearts
Soundtrack album by Anggun
Released 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Urban pop, electronica
Label Columbia, Sony Music
Producer Niels Brinck, Jesper Winge Leisner
Anggun chronology
Open Hearts

The soundtrack for the film was recorded by French Indonesian singer Anggun. The album was released by Columbia Records and Sony Music International in many countries worldwide during 2002 to 2003. It became Anggun's second and final album to be in the United States, following Snow on the Sahara in 1998. The soundtrack features nine songs written and produced by Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck, three of which co-written by Anggun. The album received positive reception from music critics. William Ruhlmann from Allmusic rated it three out five stars, writing that Anggun "matches the propulsive, synthesized musical tracks with breathy, emotive vocals that never lose the beat for all their dramatic appeal."[4] The album's lead single, "Open Your Heart", charted at number 51 on the Norwegian Singles Chart and was nominated for Best Song at the 2003 Robert Awards. "Counting Down" served as a radio-only single in Indonesia, while "I Wanna Hurt You" was released as 12" vinyl single in Italy.

Track listing

  1. "Counting Down" (Jesper Winge Leisner, Niels Brinck) – 3:45
  2. "Open Your Heart" (Anggun, Leisner, Brinck) – 3:27
  3. "Little Things" (Leisner, Brinck) – 4:29
  4. "Blue Satellite" (Leisner, Brinck) – 3:44
  5. "The End Of A Story" (Anggun, Leisner, Brinck) – 4:42
  6. "Im Your Mirror" (Leisner, Brinck) – 3:42
  7. "Pray" (Anggun, Leisner, Brinck) – 4:16
  8. "I Wanna Hurt You" (Leisner, Brinck) – 3:35
  9. "Naked Sleep" (Leisner, Brinck) – 4:20
  10. "I Wanna Hurt You" (Niels Brinck Club Mix) (Bonus Track)
  11. "Open Your Heart" (A Capella Edit) (Bonus Track)


Open Hearts is an upcoming film written, directed by and starring Zach Braff.

It was first revealed that Zach Braff was planning to remake Open Hearts in 2006,[5] at the same time Braff's film The Last Kiss was being released. The film will be produced by Paramount Pictures.

On his blog, Zach Braff announced that directing the film had been delayed due to his show Scrubs being renewed.[6] The production of the film has been put in limbo several times due to Braff returning to film the seventh and eighth seasons of Scrubs, and in 2006 it was revealed that Braff had put the project on hold for a year after difficulties surrounding casting.

The picture was to be filmed in New Jersey, Braff's home state and the location of Garden State, in the summer of 2006.[5] This date has been changed but the location is to remain the same.


  1. "Elsker dig for evigt". Det Danske Filminstitut. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  2. "Open Hearts". Rotten Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  3. "Awards for Elsker dig for evigt (2002)". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  4. William Ruhlmann (2003). Open Hearts. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
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