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The Good Heart (2010)

The Good Heart

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

April 30, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

95 min.

Production Budget

$3.8 millions

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Dagur Kari

Producer

Skuli Fr. Malmqvist, Thor Sigurjonsson

Screenwriter

Dagur Kari

Starring

  • Paul Dano as Lucas
  • Brian Cox as Jacques
  • Stephanie Szostak
  • Damian Young
  • Isild Le Besco
  • Susan Blommaert

Story


Brian Cox stars as Jacques, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas (Paul Dano), a homeless young man who has already given up on life. In the hopes of keeping his legacy alive, Jacques deems Lucas is a fitting heir and takes him under his wing, schooling him in the male-centric laws of his alcoholic clubhouse: no new customers, no fraternizing with customers and, absolutely no women. Lucas is a quick study, but their friendship is put to the test when the distraught and beautiful April (Isild Le Besco) shows up at the bar seeking shelter, and Lucas insists they help her out.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..This sense of temporal suspension, enhanced by a slight fuzziness to the cinematography, is the fim's most endearing quality..”
by Andrew Schenker [Slant Magazine]
“..if you're in the mood for a splash of dark drama, a bit of humor, very dry, on the rocks, with a twist, this will come close to satisfying..”
by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times]
“..The movie's two bright spots are Cox and Dano, who perform excellently despite the dull inevitabilities the script forces on them..”