Brothers (2004)
"Brødre" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  27 August 2004 (Denmark)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 9,251 users   Metascore: 76/100
Reviews: 46 user | 84 critic | 30 from

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



(story), (story)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

13 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Open Hearts (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident ... See full summary »

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Four small gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona they are forced to stop in ... See full summary »

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Stars: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

How far would decent human beings be willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust? With "A Second Chance", Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen have crafted another ... See full summary »

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Adam's Apples (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Molly Blixt Egelind
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, Alison Lohman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man is torn between his individual hopes and his sense of duty when his father dies and he is expected to take over the family industry.

Director: Per Fly
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Lisa Werlinder, Ghita Nørby
King's Game (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray... See full summary »

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When handyman Niller comes to install Sus' new kitchen one day, their immediate crush is a sweet escape from both of their problematic relationships.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Niels Olsen, Søs Egelind


Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Juel Werner ...
Rebecca Løgstrup ...
Camilla (as Rebecca Løgstrup Soltau)
Bent Mejding ...
Solbjørg Højfeldt ...
Niels Olsen ...
Paw Henriksen ...
Niels Peter
Lars Hjortshøj ...
Preben 2
Lars Ranthe ...
André Babikian ...
Lene Maria Christensen ...
J. Solvej
Henrik Koefoed ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:




| | |


Release Date:

27 August 2004 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Brothers  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Director Susanne Bier thought Connie Nielsen's accent was more Swedish than Danish and made her take Danish lesson. Nielsen has been living in the USA for many years, and didn't speak Danish in her everyday life, but the result of the lessons turned out to be pretty good (though, still with a little accent). See more »


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


Referenced in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Simon Kvamm (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fragility and Strength: A Study of Family
30 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Brødre'('Brothers') is a remarkable film from Denmark written by Anders Thomas Jensen and Susanne Bier who also directs this microscopic examination of the intricacies of family bonding, the significance of the blood ties between brothers, and the effects of one of the brutal realities of war on every individual member of a family. It is a tense drama made palpable by some phenomenal acting and direction.

Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) and Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are polar opposites as brothers: Michael is his father's dream, a man who is committed to his family, his beautiful and devoted wife Sarah (Connie Nielsen) with whom he has two daughters, while Jannik is a carefree drifter who drinks too much and refuses to have the stable life his parents expect of him. Michael is off to war in Afghanistan and is in a tragic helicopter accident and reported as dead. When Sarah is informed her world crumbles, as does the mental state of her father-in-law. Jannik hears the news while drunk but slowly awakens to the awful reality that his brother is gone and his sister-in-law and nieces need the support he has never been able to muster.

In Afghanistan we discover that Sarah's inclination that Michael is not really dead is true: Michael has been captured by the Taliban and the experience as a prisoner changes him indelibly, breaking his shell of perfection and he becomes vulnerable and fragile. When Michael returns home to the surprise of everyone the dynamics that have reversed between the family and Jannik and the force that bonds Michael and Jannik is challenged and we are left to examine the fallout.

The script in Danish is supplemented with excellent subtitles in English, but one wonders if the words are even necessary - so fine is the acting of every actor involved. Connie Nielson is a major force in cinema today, a brilliant actor whose spectrum of dynamics appears endless. Both Thomsen and Kaas are equally fine in their difficult roles. This is a superlative work, a psychological drama that strikes chords of familiarity on many levels. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Opinions from 'non-danes' nilobo
Liked this one? Then try these danish movies... jkaufmann-1
My favourite scene in the movie kyhl50
The killing of the other inmate frank82
An American remake may be in the works.... burkehilburn
Dogma 95 saba_riazi
Discuss Brothers (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: