The Good Heart

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"Everyone needs a refuge from the world."
  • R
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.8  (5,089)
  • 40

The Good Heart is a 2009 movie that tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an old, grumpy bar owner named Jacques, played by Brian Cox, and a young homeless man named Lucas, played by Paul Dano. Jacques is a sick, aging, and bitter man who has lost all his family and friends, while Lucas is a soft-hearted vagrant who has no one in the world.

The story starts when Lucas is taken to the hospital after being hit by a car. There, he meets Jacques, who is also a patient. Jacques discovers that Lucas has a weak heart and tells him that if he wants to live, he must stop drinking and smoking. Lucas agrees and Jacques decides to look after him, taking him in as an employee of his bar, The Fiera.

In this bar, Jacques serves alcohol to a loyal clientele, and Lucas begins to learn the trade and the regular customers. Over time, they build an unlikely friendship, with Jacques taking Lucas under his wing and showing him the ropes of running a bar. Through a series of challenges and roadblocks, their relationship strengthens, and the unlikely duo learns to not only work together but also to care for each other.

However, their newfound happiness is not meant to last. Jacques is still bitter and gruff, especially when Lucas starts to show kindness to some of the bar's customers. Jacques has a hard time understanding why Lucas is willing to lend a hand to people who may not deserve it. Still, their friendship continues to grow, with Lucas trying to help Jacques be a better person, even if it all seems to be in vain.

The Good Heart explores themes of loneliness, friendship, and redemption. The film is a thought-provoking and emotional journey through the subdued lives of two people who find themselves thrown together. The duo learns the value of friendship, the importance of a helping hand, and the true meaning of life.

The movie features brilliant performances by Cox and Dano, who bring to life Jacques and Lucas with depth and honesty, making viewers feel the pains of loss and the joys of new beginnings. The storyline is enthralling, with a perfect balance of humor and seriousness that leaves viewers wanting more.

The Good Heart was directed by Dagur Kári, who has directed a range of critically-acclaimed films, and features an exceptional screenplay written by Kári himself. The film's soundtrack, composed by Kári, also adds a dimension of beauty to the movie with a mix of melancholy and upbeat melodies that reflect the mood of the movie perfectly.

The cinematography of The Good Heart is also something to marvel at. The movie was structurally shot in a manner that portrays the ambiance of the bar so realistically that you can almost feel the texture of the bar's decor through the screen. The dark and brooding atmosphere of the bar is captured in a way that immerses you in the lives of the characters.

In conclusion, The Good Heart is a movie that will leave you feeling good, regardless of your mood. It is a slice of life film that captures the essence of human interactions, warts and all. It is a must-watch movie for anyone who wants to see a story that blends imagination and reality, humor, and tragedy, to create a film that is truly unforgettable.

The Good Heart is a 2009 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 40.

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    1 hr 35 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (5,089)
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