“A Tribute to Humans, in all our faded glory” ( BBC)
Sonia Richter plays Cecilie, girlfriend of Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who is paralysed from the neck down after being run down by Marie (Paprika Steen), wife of Neils (Mads Mikkelsen), a doctor at the hospital in which Joachim recuperates. Cecilie and Neils strike up a relationship that develops into an affair with devastating consequences.
The director Susanne Bier wrote and directed Open Hearts following the minimalist rules of the Dogme #95 Manifesto a movement started in 1995 by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. Shoot in infra-red digital hand held camera and only using natural lightning, Bier distant herself of the sometimes pretentious Trier’s approach to Dogme filmmaking to create a modest masterwork that exposes the delicate dynamics of heterosexual relationships to invert and reassert the archetypes of male strength and female vulnerability. This is a dark but emotive view on love. The less known of Bier’s filmography (her feature “In A Better World” won an Oscar in 2010) but perhaps her most interesting and wonderful stuff.
Think Cinema presents with Open Hearts a short season dedicated to Danish Dogme 95 #directedbywomen.
Debate will follow at around 8:45pm.