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Brødre (2004)

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

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Natalia
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Allentoft
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André Babikian ...
Nadeem
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Ditte
Henrik Koefoed ...
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Michael has everything under control: a successful military career, a beautiful wife and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik 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... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,161, 8 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,982, 14 August 2005
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There's an American remake of this movie entitled Brothers (2009) starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman. See more »

Goofs

In the rear passenger window when Henning gets in the car after the service. See more »

Quotes

Michael: I will always love you. That is the only truth that remains. Life is neither right nor wrong, good or bad. But I love you. That's all I know.
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Referenced in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Nikolaj Lie Kaas (2011) See more »

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The realism lies not in the war scenes, which work, but in the family ones, which are harrowing.
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Brothers (2004)

A remarkable movie in several ways. The first is just that it's well made, with two main layers of story line that are compelling, and some surprising and mostly believable turns. The second is that we (in the U.S.) have a look at the war in Afghanistan from non-American eyes. The echoes are inevitable, and so are the differences, in attitude by the soldiers and in public reaction.

The lead actor Ulrich Thomsen is compelling and versatile, and in some ways makes the movie. His range (which you have to see for yourself or you'll be tipped off) is terrific. His wife, played by better known Connie Nielsen (in her first Danish movie, even though she is Danish herself, and knows seven languages) is perfect, too, though she plays someone who is admittedly "boring" and so has less range. Finally, the lead man's brother, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, is charming and a wild card, making the trio appropriately imbalanced.

I say all this because it's an acting movie, and a movie about relationships and therefore about plot. It's not a war movie, but more about the effects of war. It's recommended for people who have absorbed American movies like The Hurt Locker. But more than that, it's just a well made, emotional, human interest film. There are a couple flaws (including the key part about the helicopter crash, which just doesn't hold up to common sense), but they are small in the larger, gritty realism of the whole.


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