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Brothers (2004)

Brødre (original title)
Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writers:

Susanne Bier (story), Anders Thomas Jensen (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nielsen ... Sarah
Ulrich Thomsen ... Michael
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Jannik
Sarah Juel Werner ... Natalia
Rebecca Løgstrup Rebecca Løgstrup ... Camilla (as Rebecca Løgstrup Soltau)
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... Henning
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Else
Niels Olsen Niels Olsen ... Allentoft
Paw Henriksen Paw Henriksen ... Niels Peter
Lars Hjortshøj Lars Hjortshøj ... Preben 2
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Preben 1
André Babikian André Babikian ... Nadeem
Lene Maria Christensen Lene Maria Christensen ... J. Solvej
Laura Bro ... Ditte
Henrik Koefoed Henrik Koefoed ... Bartender
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Denmark | UK | Sweden | Norway

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,161, 8 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,982, 14 August 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There's an American remake of this movie entitled Brothers (2009) starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman. See more »

Goofs

Sarah's pink scarf disappears and reappears several times in one of the scenes in the kitchen. 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.
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References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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This is a heavy one
15 December 2008 | by bandwSee all my reviews

It's not hard to classify this one--it's an intense psychological drama. Whatever mood you were in before you started, you are most likely to be in a somber mood at the end. Perhaps the less you know about the story the more it will involve you. This is one of those movies that makes you ask the questions, "What would I have done in that situation," and "How would I have lived with my decision."

The main thrust of the story is an intimate examination of how a tragedy affects family dynamics. Nature abhors a vacuum. Guilt, jealousy, and doubt drive this to an intense climax.

Parformances are first rate, particularly Connie Nielsen.


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