Brothers (Brødre)

Brothers (Brødre)

(2006)

Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) has everything under control: a successful military career, a beautiful wife (Connie Nielsen) and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is a drifter, living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent to Afghanistan on a UN mission the balance between the two brothers changes forever.

Michael is missing in action - presumed dead - and Sarah is comforted by Jannik, who against all odds shows himself capable of taking responsibility for both himself and the family. It soon becomes clear that their feelings have developed beyond mutual sympathy. When Michael comes home, traumatized by being held prisoner in the mountains of Afghanistan, nothing is the same. 

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  • BBC

    Brothers shares some of the sophisticated ideas about guilt, grief and sibling love that made Lone Sherfig's Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself (also co-written by Anders Thomas Jensen) so fascinating, but it does not have the same charm. Nevertheless, the performances are impressive, especially Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Jannik and the very sympathetic Nielsen, who relishes the chance to show she's more than just a pretty face... Full Review

  • 1/2 Bier and Jensen are drawn to situations in which every answer leads to a question. The central performance in "Brothers" is by Connie Nielsen, who is strong, deep and true... Full Review

  • Intense Danish psychological drama from the same writer-director team who made Open Hearts, this is not for the fainthearted. A masterpiece of its kind... Full Review

  • "Brothers'' puts a provocative new spin on a story as old as Cain and Abel. During the unfolding of this imaginative and immensely engrossing film, a virtuous Dane and his dissolute brother swap personalities, suggesting that moral fiber is not necessarily something you're born with but could develop as a result of circumstances. There's a seesaw dynamic between the siblings, as if one has to be down for the other to lift off... Full Review

  • 1/2 Bier directs the film with a lush, moody style that looks amazing. Handheld camera work and a gift for capturing tiny details on screen add depth to the story and help us feel the emotions pouring out of each character... Bier and her cast perfectly capture a society in which people simply do not talk about what's really going on inside. As a result the film is evocative, disturbing and ultimately cathartic... Full Review