Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
A strong film about the power of coincidences, love, and the unpredictability of fate. A remake of this Danish film is planned by American director Zack Braff in the coming year.
Featuring one of the best improvised slaps to the cheek in cinema history(?), Susanne Bier, famous for her Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award of In a Better World (2010), and prolific writer and director Anders Thomas Jensen, who won an Acadey Award as well for his bold satyrical commentary on racism in Valgaften (1999), Elsker dig for evigt (approximately translated as "Love You Forever") is a powerful melodrama about love and mixed up relationships.
Think of the Dogme 95 style meeting Michael Winterbottom's early minimalist melodrama and the topics of a Rohmer's Moral Tale. The result might sound as a rare mixture but, if analyzed correctly, all those three elements have pretty…
Holy crap. Clawing at my face through it all basically. Flawless acting by the whole cast. Danish cinema continues to surprise me over and over.
This was the first Susanne Bier film I saw. I have not seen it for 9 years. This is a dogma film but the camera is not all over the place. The story is full of moral dilemmas, interesting situations and unanswered questions. What I liked most about this film is how spot in it is on human emotions. The way people react to things is so believable. It is not often one sees this in a film.
I'm a sucker for melodrama, and Susanne Bier served up a nice fat slice of it with In a Better World, which I really enjoyed. Open Hearts has a similar style of story, which sometimes sits uneasily in the Dogme aesthetic (the use/choice of music I thought was particularly misjudged). But it's still fun to watch, and Mads fucking Mikkelsen can do no wrong.
My journey throughout Susanne Bier's filmography has led me to yet another great film and heavy, familiar drama. Powered by the Dogme 95 movement, Open Hearts is the story of two couples and how one accident on a casual morning breaks them apart in more ways than one. Cæcilie watches as Joachim, her boyfriend, gets run over by Marie and they both quickly dispatch him to the hospital where Marie's husband, Niels, works. Even though he is not the assigned physician to Joachim's case, he still gets personally envolved due to his wife's part in the matter. The movie explores themes like adultery and familiar crisis, but none as deeply as the effects of crisis on a relationship, which ends…
Open Hearts is a wonderful film. I was completely mesmerised for the whole 2 hours.
The story concerns a young women, Cæcilie, coming to terms with loss. The loss of her able bodied fiance (Joachim) who is tragically paralysed from the neck down due to an automobile accident. The loss of her life as it was and the loss of her life as it will be.
Overcome with grief Cæcilie takes comfort in the arms of the husband of the women who caused the accident.
Susanne Bier's film brilliantly captures the depths and the intensity of the feelings of all those involved in this tragedy. Just like Festen, you can feel the vitality and the energy of the actors pouring out of the screen
The critics can say whatever they want about Dogme 95, arty, pretentious, yada yada yada, I'm not listening. Open Hearts is awesome.
It actually kind of humorous when one looks into the Dogme movement and realizes how uniformly off-kilter all of the films seem to be. Here comes along Susanne Bier with the style firmly on her sleeve in "Open Hearts"; but what sets it apart from most Dogme pieces is how it never strays away from being accessible. This is a slightly familiar, if not a bit more down-to-the-bone than usual, love story retold with new perspectives and ideas; becoming something of its own within the Dogme atmosphere.
Not very found of the Dogme concept. But in this movie it makes perfect sense.
The gripping story about the doctor husband of the driver who killed the man whose girlfriend is hot.
La voglia di entrare e prendere tutti a sberloni è alta.
Very believable and excellently acted Open Hearts is precisely as it is meant to be. Really cared for and about all the characters.
En interessant og vellavet dogmefilm fra Susanne Bier! Skuespillet fungerer rigtig godt fra det stjernespækkede cast Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas og Sonja Richter. Historien er spændende og rørende, selv om det kan ærgre mig gul og blå, at den i sidste ende handler om utroskab og det at forlade sin partner og stoppe med at kæmpe for sit svære parforhold for i stedet at kaste sig i armene på en ny forelskelse. Når alt kommer til alt leverer filmen en god og interessant fortælling, som er værd at se, men man skal være forberedt på at få utroskab og nøgenhed, og filmen er ikke for børn.
A film that has been done before but the great acting sets it apart. I feel like their is some unresolved story lines going on but it is okay that it was not resolved.
I'm a big fan of Susanna Bier's, she makes good-looking, well-written, well-shot and well-played films of substance. Open Hearts is no exception and, to me at least, finds the true heart of Dogme 95. Okay so not all the rules are followed to the letter (were they ever by anyone?) but it is honest, personal, film-making stripped of all unnecessary flab.
The dogme strictures really complement this kind of story material.
Some excellent acting, well-paced scenes, and an absorbing and moving tale told perfectly. A very human film.
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movies directed by women
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