The Good Heart

April 30th 2010
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 95 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Damian Young, Stephanie Szostak, Clark Middleton, Isild Le Besco, Bill Buell, Susan Blommaert, Nicolas Bro, Michael J. Burg, Stephen Henderson, Daniel Raymont, Elissa Middleton, Henry Yuk, André De Shields, Ed Wheeler, Steve Axelrod, Sonnie Brown, Halfdan Pedersen, Catherina Ren Knerr, Guy Conan Stewart, Seth Sharp, Alice Olivia Clarke, Michelle J. Nelson
  • Director: Dagur Kari
  • Writer: Dagur Kari
  • Producers: Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson
  • Co Producers: Peter Nadermann, Birgitte Skov
  • Associate Producer: Sigrid Strohmann
  • Executive Producers: Scott Macaulay, Robin O'Hara, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
  • Art Directions: Matthew Munn, Linda Stefansdottir
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Helga Rós Hannam
  • D.O.P.: Rasmus Videbæk
  • Editor: Andri Steinn
  • Makeup: Asta Hafthorsdottir
  • Musics: Orri Jonsson, Dagur Kári
  • Production Design: Halfdan Pedersen
  • Set Decoration: Ana Katharina Dreschsler


"The Good Heart" stars Cox 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 (Dano), a homeless young man who Jacques decides will be a fitting heir to the bar after his own inevitable passing.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Iceland; New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and a disturbing image
  • Production Budget: $3.8 million
  • Production Companies: Ex Nihilo, Forensic Films, Nordisk Film ShortCut, Palomar Pictures, Wild Bunch, ZDF/Arte, Zik Zak Kvikmyndir
  • Production Schedule: April 2008 - June 2008

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 March 2010: France
  • 19 March 2010: Iceland