Brothers (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Original title:  Brodre

Denmark/United Kingdom/Sweden/Norway, 2004.  , , , , .  Story by Susanne Bier, Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Excellent drama by Susanne Bier about a family torn apart by war. Older brother  has always been the example of responsibility while younger brother never stops getting into trouble.

Thomsen leaves wife Connie Nielsen and two children behind to go fight in Afghanistan, forcing his wife and brother to cling to each other when he goes missing and is believed dead. When he returns, he steps directly into the middle of an awkward situation made worse by the fact that he is destructively haunted by a brutal act of survival he committed while being held a prisoner by the enemy.

Susanne Bier has made another deeply affecting drama in which believable characters and excellent dialogue performed by sterling actors keep the whiff of soap opera far away from the story, which could easily turn mawkish or sentimental and never does. Later remade, terribly, by Jim Sheridan in 2009.

European Film Award Nominations:  Best European Film; Best European Actor (Ulrich Thomsen); Best European Actress (Connie Nielsen); Best European Director (Susanne Bier); Best European Screenwriter; Best European Composer

Toronto International Film Festival:  2004


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s