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Brothers (2004)
"Brødre" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  27 August 2004 (Denmark)
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Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.



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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

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

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Release Date:

27 August 2004 (Denmark)  »

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


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

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Susanne Bier requested that the actors use as little makeup as possible. See more »


Sarah's pink scarf disappears and reappears several times in one of the scenes in the kitchen. See more »


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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Fascinating Well Played and Well Cut Drama
19 August 2004 | by (Roskilde, Denmark) – See all my reviews

The movie is filmed mostly with hand held camera, and the technical quality is not the best. I am normally not a fan of these so called "Dogme" movies, but it gives the opportunity to tell a story with a small budget and without having to waste time on special effects and so on. And what a movie. The actors play so intense and fascinatingly well, that I often sat on the edge of the seat, had "goose bumps"(gaasehud), wept like whipped(graed som pisket). The cutting is also very special and interesting. For instance a scene, where representatives of the military arrives to tell Sarah, that her husband is missing, it is cut right before they tell her the bad news. It gives a good effect. I would also like to welcome Connie Nielsen to the staff of fantastic Danish actors(her first danish movie) and will look forward to possibly/eventually watch/experience her great magic i a Danish movie again. I must write her a fan letter(my first).

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