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Brother's Shadow (2006)

Jake Groden is the black sheep of his family. Ankle deep in fish guts, he serves out his parole in Alaska. Then, after a decade of self-imposed exile, he is forced to return to his Brooklyn... See full summary »

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Jake Groden
Katie Danziger ...
Woman in Black
Lisa Emery ...
Sylvia
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Soy
Robert Feeley ...
Dock Worker
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Emily
Marc Fogel ...
Dock worker
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Leo Groden
Diane Kagan ...
Mrs. Quince
Elliot Korte ...
Adam Groden
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Solomon
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Judge
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Hank Stafford
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Alaskan Parole Officer
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Susan
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Jake Groden is the black sheep of his family. Ankle deep in fish guts, he serves out his parole in Alaska. Then, after a decade of self-imposed exile, he is forced to return to his Brooklyn family. He soon discovers that his perfect brother, Michael is dead, and he begins trying to take what Michael had- a beautiful wife, adoring son, control of the family furniture business and the love of their gruff father. For Jake, the price of a new life is his identity. Written by anonymous

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29 April 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Slow Surprise
Written & Performed by Chris Smither
Homunculus Music ASCAP, administered by Bug Music
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Brother's Shadow Character development
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the things that interested me most about this film is the way the characters and their associated histories are developed on the fly. I suppose the writers wanted us to gain interest in the characters by not force feeding their characters. The premise of using the art and craft of furniture design and construction was a unique theme and/or analogy for what families/siblings go through in life. The complexity of having a twin serve as a surrogate father and even husband added great tension towards making this film emotionally interesting. Also, although the story was not one that the masses might directly relate to (i.e. Jewish/twins/family business) the themes are fairly universal as every family has a black sheep in it. That made it very engaging.


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