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The Good Heart (2010)

Paul Dano , Brian Cox  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Dano, Brian Cox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L20IN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Good Heart" on IMDb

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Few actors project a subterranean rage like Brian Cox (recognizable from movies as varied as Adaptation, Manhunter, and X-Men 2). The Good Heart is a superb showcase for this underrated actor: as Jacques, the owner of a cloistered bar in New York City, Cox unleashes arias of cantankerous bile on both his customers and Lucas (Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood), the young homeless man that Jacques has chosen as his protégé. Lucas's sweet nature both touches and infuriates Jacques, but their relationship slowly builds in trust--until, like so many male connections, it's threatened by a woman (French actress Isild Le Besco). Though the plot of The Good Heart doesn't hold any surprises (and the ending is a little forced), the textures of this movie are incredible. Jacques's dank, smoke-stained bar--filled with a collection of dank, smoke-stained regulars--is filmed in moldering yet lush greens and blues, as if the bar (and the world) were deep underwater. Cox and Dano worked together before in the excellent L.I.E.; their friendship, shot through with father-son yearnings, is wonderfully affecting. Though Dano and Le Besco are both excellent, Cox seizes his role and turns it into the movie's driving force. It's an outstanding performance, not to be missed. --Bret Fetzer

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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. Determined to keep 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life lessons in death March 10, 2011
Empty hearts, lonely hearts, angry hearts all come together in a dank, seedy bar located in the dark canyon of lower new york city. Not a place to find love, but a place to be together for the exclusive club of black, blue collar, and superior intellectuals, a motley and fascinating crew. But it's owner, in spite of all the raw rage is both enterprising and able to love. Not knowing anything about this film before viewing it, I found myself riveted by the truth of what these actors portray, the human heart cloaked in darkness, seeking and not seeking the light, but finding it anyway. At last an American film of substance and gritty grace. I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quietly eccentric flawless comedy January 8, 2013
By .fgd
Some actors are innately suited to certain roles.Brian Cox was great in The Escapist as an old , gritty , cynical prisoner with a hidden heart and Paul Dano as a young , indoctrinated zealot in There Will Be Blood .The Good Heart can only be comedic with the polarity between the same sort of roles. Dano is the stooge for Cox's satire; a jaded barman adopts a kind but spaced out , homeless kid to apprentice into running his seedy batchelor bar out of a doggedness to keep the bar's traditions alive since he doesn't seem to have much time left with a dodgy heart.
I kept forgetting this was an American movie as the humour is so British.
The film is enlivened by the the regulars at the bar and a stray female, who intrudes onto this male bastion at one point. The barman and his apprentice wake up perspectives lacking in the other but not without its frictions , banter and kinship.
This film has a continuous stream of amusement running through it against a backdrop of pathos with an ending that satisfys. Quite thoughtful in a way.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film with heart! September 26, 2010
I didn't know what to make of the film when i started watching it. The start was a tad slow but still very watchable because of the great performance and chemistry between the cox and dano.

Although admittedly the ending was a little predictable, the great musical score, the look and feel of the film and its well paced character development more than covers for it.

Go watch it... if you are a fan of the drama genre, you'll like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Heart May 29, 2013
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A set in his ways bar owner takes a young man to train as hes replacement. Instead the young man changes him. The word "heart" has a double meaning.. I love the movie. The language was a little offensive
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful March 23, 2013
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A beautiful human interest story. It takes all kinds to make this world what it is. And we are ALL from different walks of life. I thought this movie was done so well, in all aspects. Thank you for such a gift, to the writers, producers, actors, and production company. We need more movies like this today, and less of the violent action packed stupidity that hits the screen too often. I was never bored, and I just wanted more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.... September 14, 2012
I watched this film on a whim and I have to say I loved it. I wasn't expecting the ending but it worked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So well made!!!! October 18, 2011
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A very carefully crafted film where life and death, love and hate are in constant interaction. Such a relief from stupid movies we have all around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GOOD HEART March 19, 2014
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Cox & Paul Dano Reunite for Scandinavian Dark Comedic Drama...
My watching of this film was precipitated by a number of realizations. One, I had rewatched L.I.E., another indie film starring the same actors 8 years earlier (Dano's debut) and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jezebelle lee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Heart
Although this movie is classified as a drama, it is LOL hillarious. A great movie to lift your spirits. I highly recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by Michelle H. McQuain
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother, Can You Spare a Duck?
The Good Heart (Dagur Kári, 2009)

Dear...anyone who has ever attempted to make either a Lifetime or a Hallmark Original Movie: I would like you all to sit down in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart...and soul.
This is one of those unforgettable little indy films. Funny, touching, bleak -- plus ducks. Well, one duck anyway. Estragon. Read more
Published 14 months ago by NyiNya
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
The story logline sounded interesting and I often like to explore films with actors I don't know. This movie was very good, in my opinion, although the ending was a total surprise... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Toni Leland
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm heartless
This movie didn't strike a nerve with me. It seemed to drag. Others may enjoy it tremendously. Suggest you go ahead and watch at least part and make up your own mind.
Published 16 months ago by Richard Schaefer
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific movie but quirky...
We loved this film but the ending left us somewhat mystified. Too many unanswered questions for my taste - such as, what happened to his wife :)? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Margot Peter
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible movie
ridiculous...dark...and stupid...I really don't know what the other reviewers see in this movie. I couldn't even finish it, it was so bad. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sara Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I found it boring. The bar owner was funny, but why did they make the young kid such an imbecile?
Published 18 months ago by Marty DeCoursey
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