The Good Heart

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The Good Heart
Good heart poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Dagur Kári
Written by Dagur Kári
Starring Brian Cox
Paul Dano
Isild Le Besco
Cinematography Rasmus Videbæk
Edited by Andri Steinn
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures (US)
Release date
  • September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11) (Toronto)
  • March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17) (France)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France, Iceland
Language English
Box office $343,818 (worldwide)

The Good Heart is an Icelandic independent film written and directed by Dagur Kári, starring Brian Cox and Paul Dano.[1] It debuted at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.


Short-tempered bartender Jacques (Brian Cox) has a heart-attack. Young homeless man Lucas (Paul Dano) fails in a suicide attempt. They share a room in the hospital. They agree that Lucas can stay in the bar, and that Jacques will coach him to become his successor. In the beginning Jacques complains that Lucas is too soft toward guests.

Lucas allows April (Isild Le Besco) to stay in his room, but Jacques tells Lucas that he should send her away. However, Lucas and April get married and both leave. Reluctantly Jacques allows April to come back, because he finds it important that the bar will stay after his retirement or death, and therefore that his intended successor Lucas stays.

Lucas is jealous about April's interaction with guests, and they break up. Jacques gets softer and Lucas less so. Lucas is killed after being hit by a car. His heart goes to Jacques, who has been waiting for a donor for a heart transplant. Although he always refused to sell his bar, he does so now, and starts living in the tropics, where he has friends who supplied the coffee for his bar.



On the movie reviewer Rotten Tomatoes, the file received a "rotten" 29% rating. On the movie Internet Movie Database, the movie received a 6.9/10 rating.

Box Office[edit]

The film received a domestic total of $20,930 in the United States, and in other countries, the movie received a total $322,888, making the total movie box office $343,818 worldwide.


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 138. ISBN 978-1908215017. 

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