Brothers

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(out of 5)

Original title:  Brodre


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  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.


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Story by Susanne Bier, Screenplay by

Cinematography by

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Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Toronto International Film Festival 2004

 

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