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Release Date:
27 August 2004 (Denmark) See more »
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Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
13 wins & 21 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The realism lies not in the war scenes, which work, but in the family ones, which are harrowing. See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Connie Nielsen ... Sarah

Ulrich Thomsen ... Michael

Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Jannik
Sarah Juel Werner ... Natalia
Rebecca Løgstrup ... Camilla (as Rebecca Løgstrup Soltau)
Bent Mejding ... Henning
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Else
Niels Olsen ... Allentoft
Paw Henriksen ... Niels Peter
Lars Hjortshøj ... Preben 2
Lars Ranthe ... Preben 1
André Babikian ... Nadeem
Lene Maria Christensen ... J. Solvej

Laura Bro ... Ditte
Henrik Koefoed ... Bartender
Tom Mannion ... Miles
Kae Bahar ... Makmuhd (as Karzan Sherabayani)

Waleed Elgadi ... Samial-Tariq, Afghanistan (as William El-Gardi)
Alex Caan ... Farid, Afghanistan

Sam Vincenti ... Wisam, Afghanistan
Hossein Karimbeik ... Hossein, Afghanistan

Hassani Shapi ... Hassan Afghanistan
Bjarne Antonisen ... Fåborg

Morten Kirkskov ... Officer 1
Claus Flygare ... Officer 2
Niels Lund Boesen ... Fængselsbetjent 1
Morten Hebsgaard ... Fængselsbetjent 2
Michael Asmussen ... Politibetjent 1

Rasmus Botoft ... Politibetjent 2

Alexis Rodney ... US-soldat 1

Philip Bulcock ... US-soldat 1

Thomas Magnussen ... Radartekniker
Scott Farrell ... Engelsk militærlæge
Tobias Theodor Caspersen ... Gustav
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thorbjørn Hein ... Royal Guard Officer in church (uncredited)
Maj-Britt Mathiesen ... Sygeplejerske (uncredited)

Directed by
Susanne Bier 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susanne Bier  story
Anders Thomas Jensen  story

Produced by
Anna Anthony .... co-producer
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Gillian Berrie .... co-producer
Malte Forssell .... co-producer
Peter Garde .... executive producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer (as Sisse Graum Olsen)
Per Nielsen .... consulting producer
Sofie Saxild .... assistant producer
Aagot Skjeldal .... co-producer
Jaume Vilalta .... producer: Spain
 
Original Music by
Johan Söderqvist 
 
Cinematography by
Morten Søborg 
 
Film Editing by
Pernille Bech Christensen 
Adam Nielsen 
 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
Lene Seested 
Jette Termann 
 
Production Design by
Viggo Bentzon 
 
Set Decoration by
Lene Ejlersen 
 
Costume Design by
Signe Sejlund 
 
Makeup Department
Morten Jacobsen .... special makeup effects artist
Charlotte Laustsen .... makeup artist
Anne Cathrine Sauerberg .... key makeup artist (as Anne-Cathrine Sauerberg)
 
Production Management
William Knuttel .... production manager
Ingrid Kofoed .... production manager
Pia Nielsen .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henrik Henziger .... second assistant director: Spain
Joakim Höglund .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ivar Baungaard .... prop master
Tone Bonnén .... prop master
Fernando Contreras .... construction coordinator: Spain
Lars Fog-Møller .... chief props
Henrik Hjørnholm .... props assistant
Veronica Hodges .... prop master
Magnus Kasting .... props assistant
Niels Mølgaard .... props assistant
Søren Skjær .... assistant production designer: Spain
 
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound editor
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Per Dybdahl .... sound assistant
Anne Jensen .... sound designer
Kasper Munck-Hansen .... assistant sound designer
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
John Nielsen .... boom operator
Eddie Simonsen .... B-sound designer
Per Streit .... sound designer
Per Streit .... sound
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Søren Buus .... lead 3D animator
Peter Hjorth .... visual effects supervisor
Dan Konzior .... color grader
Rasmus Lange .... visual effects designer
Justin Legg .... online and effects
Nanna Mailand-Mercado .... visual effects producer
Tine Nikali .... particles & volumetrics animator
Mads Nybo Jørgensen .... online and effects
Richard Pilmore .... filter settings
Søren Tomas .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Hans Peter Ludvigsen .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Aavatsmark .... still photographer
Stine Hein .... lighting technician
Mikael Kort Kristensen .... grip
Morten Nybø .... lighting technician (as Morten Nyboe)
Michael Rosenløv Jensen .... first assistant camera
Otto Stenov .... light design
Peter Daniel Zeuthen .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Paco Cañizares .... casting: Spain
Kahleen Crawford .... additional casting: UK
Des Hamilton .... additional casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen .... costume design assistant
Maj-Britt Velling .... costume design assistant
 
Editorial Department
Anne Katrine Andersen .... post-production coordinator
Torben Ager Andersen .... assistant editor (as Torben Andersen)
Thomas Caspersen .... telecine operator
Carsten Dyhr .... assistant editor
Mette Høst Hansen .... post-production coordinator
Peter Harry .... assistant to editor
Julie Klitgaard .... post-production coordinator
Jacob Thuesen .... trailer editor
Mette Walter .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Mikkel Maltha .... music coordinator
Joakim Milder .... orchestrator
Eddie Simonsen .... music mixer
Paul Talkington .... musical director
 
Other crew
Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm .... production assistant (as Samanou Acheche)
Beth Allan .... production assistant
Fernando Alonso .... location manager: Spain
Anders Barlebo .... production coordinator
Mikael Colville-Andersen .... script translator
Carrie Comerford .... production executive
Linda Daae .... continuity
Lars Dela .... technical consultant
Anna Duffield .... assistant to producer: UK
Thomas Engedal Sørensen .... production assistant
Vanessa Fröchen .... press attache: France
Christina Gurewitsch .... personal assistant: Connie Nielsen
Jarl Axel Hansen .... production assistant
Vanessa Jerrom .... press attache: France
Fereshta Kazemi .... voice-over
Ann Køj .... accountant: Denmark
Jacob-Ole Remming .... runner
Morten Rosenmeier .... runner
Carsten Sparwath .... location scout
Sanni Sylvester .... production coordinator
Astrid Søndberg .... production assistant
Malina Terkelsen .... production assistant
Keld Thaarup .... voice coach
Isabel Tulloch .... accountant: UK
Michael Tøt .... production assistant
Tomás Urbán .... weapons master: Spain
Ann Vognsen .... accountant: Denmark (as Anse Vognsen)
Claire Vorger .... press attache: France (redux version )
Sarah Wells .... accountant: UK
Paul Wilson .... title graphic design
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Brødre" - Denmark (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
117 min
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Trivia:
Along with King's Game (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 to the Oscars as the Foreign Film from Denmark. A jury decided to sent a documentary film, The Five Obstructions (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 Brothers (2004) or "Kongekabale" in stead. The jury would not reconsider, and "De fem benspænd" was sent to the Oscars. It was not among the eventual nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. "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:
Continuity: When Michael is saying goodbye to the girls, the time on the clock jumps backwards between shots.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Beauty and the Beast (1991)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The realism lies not in the war scenes, which work, but in the family ones, which are harrowing., 20 March 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

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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