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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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Solbjørg Højfeldt ...
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Lene Maria Christensen ...
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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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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,161 (USA) (6 May 2005)

Gross:

$384,982 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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Trivia

Along with Kongekabale (2004), this was the most successful and best reviewed Danish film of the year in its native country. However, neither of these two films was submitted by Denmark to the Oscars in the Foreign Language Film category. The Danish jury decided to send a documentary film, De fem benspænd (2003), which had only been attended by 12,532 people in Danish theaters. This story made headlines, and Danish film producers officially stated that they would force the jury to pick Brødre (2004) or "Kongekabale" instead. The jury, however, did not change their minds, and "De fem benspænd" was sent to the Oscars. It was not among the eventual nominees. "Brødre" later won several awards across the world, including at the Sundance Film Festival, and opened to stellar reviews in the US. The jury later admitted that they possibly chose the wrong film to send to the Oscars that year. See more »

Goofs

Sarah's pink scarf disappears and reappears several times in one of the scenes in the kitchen. 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: Simon Kvamm (2011) See more »

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Great movie - extreme emotions in real people
25 August 2004 | by (Aarhus, Denmark) – See all my reviews

A man and his family suffer when he cannot talk about the extreme decisions he has had to make - and live with. Anyone who has friends or relatives that have been in a warzone or war-like conditions will recognize the strong emotions that sometimes take control of people when they come back into their daily realities. It portrays a man who seems to have lost control and brings home a lot of repressed anger, which almost costs him his family. Great movie with a great story and great acting portraying real ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Part of this movies strong emotional impact comes from the use of hand-held camera and lots of wonderful close-ups. Near-life, near-reality, near-death


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