Open Hearts (Bier, 2002): Ritzy Cinema, 6.15pm
The Ritzy are putting on a terrific Dogme 95 season this week. Here is their introduction to this excellent season: Dogme 95 was an avant-garde filmmaking movement conceived in 1995 by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. Together they created the Dogme 95 Manifesto, which comprised of a set of rules designed to produce a pure filmmaking style based on the traditional values of narrative, performance and core themes, and to reject the use of elaborate post-production modifications. For the first time ever, we bring you a selection of films made according to this manifesto. Join us as we undress filmmaking on the big screen. All screenings will be introduced by a film industry professional who has been associated with or inspired by Dogme 95. More details here.
Chicago Reader review:
“Tragedy is not an integral part of modern life the way it
was in other eras,” says Danish director Susanne Bier, and in her
wrenching 2002 drama the characters' inability to accept suffering—their
own or other people's—leads to even greater heartache. A mother of
three (Paprika Steen) hits a young man (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) with her car,
leaving him a quadriplegic consumed by rage and self-pity. After he
rejects his fiancee (Sonja Richter), the young woman rebounds into the
arms of a compassionate doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) who turns out to be the
driver's husband. Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen (Mifune)
have a precise sense of character, and they're aided by a fine
cast—especially Steen as the guilt-stricken driver, who urges her
husband to counsel the young woman and then sees her family torn apart
by his infidelity.
Here is the trailer.