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Two Brothers (2004)

Deux frères (original title)
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Two tigers are separated as cubs and taken into captivity, only to be reunited years later as enemies by an explorer (Pearce) who inadvertently forces them to fight each other.

Writers:

Alain Godard (scenario), Jean-Jacques Annaud (scenario) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Aidan McRory
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Administrator Eugene Normandin
Freddie Highmore ... Raoul Normandin
Oanh Nguyen ... His Excellency
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ... Mrs. Normandin
Moussa Maaskri ... Saladin
Vincent Scarito Vincent Scarito ... Zerbino
Maï Anh Le Maï Anh Le ... Naï-Rea
Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen ... The Village Chief (as Jaran Phetjareon 'Sitao')
Stéphanie Lagarde Stéphanie Lagarde ... Miss Paulette
Bernard Flavien Bernard Flavien ... His Excellency's Majordomo
Annop Varapanya Annop Varapanya ... Sergent Van Tranh
David Gant ... Auctioneer
Teerawat Mulvilai Teerawat Mulvilai ... Verlaine (as Teerawat Mulvilai 'Ka-Nge')
Somjin Chimwong Somjin Chimwong ... Napoleon (as Somjin Chimwong 'Nen')
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Storyline

1920s Indochina. In the wild, a pair of adult tigers have just had a litter of two male cubs. It is a loving family unit, with the two brothers having a bond through their adventurous spirit. In different incidents, the cubs are captured individually, and although both in captivity live very different lives. Their individual captures were directly or indirectly associated with the work of Aidan McRory, a treasure and big game hunter, whose main goal is to make as much money for himself by selling his largely illegally obtained artifacts and animal parts at auction in Europe. Through the process, he has an emotional connection with one of the cubs, who is eventually named Kumal, but of who he eventually loses track. The cubs' lives are affected negatively by a number of other people who are working solely toward their own end goals, but the other cub, who is eventually named Sangha, also makes an emotional human connection to a young boy named Raoul Normandin, the son of the area ... Written by Huggo

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The acclaimed director of "The Bear" invites you to share their unforgettable journey home. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | Thai | French

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Beng Mealea, Cambodia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€59,660,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,647,859 (France), 16 April 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,144,160, 27 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,947,630, 15 August 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the drivers and local Cambodian crew were former soldiers for the dictator Pol Pot. See more »

Goofs

The opening shot of the movie has a Toco Toucan in it and the movie is set in Cambodia. The Toco Toucan is native to South America. See more »

Quotes

Administrator Normandin: Bravo! As your excellency's father always said, "One shot, one kill." With you, it's pfft-bang! Straight as an arrow!
His Excellency: Straight as your road through the sacred jungles of my ancestors.
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Connections

Referenced in Caché (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vergine degli Angeli
extract from "La forza del destino"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Rosa Ponselle with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
(p) BMG Music
Courtesy of BMG France
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Hypocrisy

No one thinks anything about wild horses being domesticated. We ride them. Or cattle. We eat them, as well as pigs and sheep. Don't make me go off on chickens that live boxed existences till their heads are lopped off. And take house cats; they are not like dogs. Man has never quite bred all their instinct from them. That's why they still hunt mice and birds. The difference with lions and tigers, which are smarter than house cats, is that we don't eat them. We can't ride them. They are no good for pulling machinery. They can only be used to do tricks or to watch. And as tame as they might become from being raised from cubs, they cannot understand their own strength, nor the fact that humans do not have thick enough skin to withstand their teeth the same as their kind. When Roy of Siegfried and Roy was mauled by his pet tiger, everyone thought it had attacked him. Rather, it was trying to protect him by carrying him off stage. It just could not understand that what would work for one of its cubs would kill a human being. The bottom line is that it is not about lions or tigers being left to their own in the wild; it's all about real estate and the fact that we are not willing to allow them free reign as hunters over "our" planet. In the end, the only lions or tigers that survive will be the ones kept in zoos. But the truth is that a lion or tiger that grows up in a human environment is no more or less happy or unhappy than a horse that is raised on a ranch or a farm. The life that it has grown up into is all that it knows. What is cruel, on the other hand, is taking an intelligent wild animal and forcing it to live in a cage.


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