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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 »


Todd S. Yellin
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Credited cast:
Scott Cohen ... Jake Groden
Katie Danziger Katie Danziger ... Woman in Black
Lisa Emery ... Sylvia
Ato Essandoh ... Soy
Robert Feeley Robert Feeley ... Dock Worker
Susan Floyd ... Emily
Marc Fogel Marc Fogel ... Dock worker
Judd Hirsch ... Leo Groden
Diane Kagan Diane Kagan ... Mrs. Quince
Elliot Korte Elliot Korte ... Adam Groden
Jerry Matz ... Solomon
Donna Mitchell ... Judge
James Murtaugh ... Hank Stafford
Jay Patterson ... Alaskan Parole Officer
Toby Poser ... Susan


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) See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital


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A wonderful, sensitive, well directed film
18 May 2006 | by b_relSee all my reviews

I chose to watch this film at Tribeca based on Judd Hirsch and Scott Cohen and found it to be one of the best movies in the festival. Both leading actors deliver a well rounded sensitive performance that seems to match the characters on a personal level. The director did a great job bringing the characters and story to life with skill that is usually not seen in a first-time production.

One interesting aspect of this film is the love of woodwork and New York City (Brooklyn in specific). The movie revolves around the family furniture making business and weaves delicate cinematography of both carpentry and ordinary Brooklyn life – again kudos to the director on this fine choice.

This is gem and I would whole heartedly recommend it (I'm sure it will make it to the screen).

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