Brothers

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Overview

Two brothers unwittingly exchange roles under the fog of war in this powerful drama. Michael Ulrich Thomsen and Jannick Nikolaj Lie Kaas are two brothers who have always meshed as well as oil and water. Michael is a caring husband and father who risen to the rank of major in the Danish Army, while Jannick is an alcoholic with a violent streak who has been in and out of prison much of his life. Jannick has just been released after serving time for armed robbery when Michael learns he's being sent to Afghanistan; ...
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Overview

Two brothers unwittingly exchange roles under the fog of war in this powerful drama. Michael Ulrich Thomsen and Jannick Nikolaj Lie Kaas are two brothers who have always meshed as well as oil and water. Michael is a caring husband and father who risen to the rank of major in the Danish Army, while Jannick is an alcoholic with a violent streak who has been in and out of prison much of his life. Jannick has just been released after serving time for armed robbery when Michael learns he's being sent to Afghanistan; Jannick quarrels with both Michael and his parents at a going-away dinner, which does nothing to endear him to Michael's wife, Sarah Connie Nielsen. However, when Sarah receives word that Michael's helicopter has been shot down and the crew has gone missing, Jannick tries to assume some degree of familial responsibility, helping Sarah with the children and helping to keep the house in repair. As the months roll on, Jannick finds that family life agrees with him; he cuts back on his drinking, gets a job, and grows increasingly fond of Sarah, who also takes a liking to her brother-in-law's new style. However, as Jannick finally grows into a responsible adult, he and Sarah learn that Michael has been released from an Afghan military prison and is being sent home. As Sarah and Jannick come to terms with their feelings for one another, they are disturbed by Michael's new presence; after several hellish months in captivity, he's become an angry and emotionally broken man, who is haunted by ugly memories and suspects his wife and brother of betrayal.
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Special Features

Language: Danish; Do Not have in Language listing
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • UPC: 025192879227
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,439

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Connie Nielsen Sarah
Ulrich Thomsen Michael
Nikolaj Lie Kaas Jannick
Bent Mejding Henning
Solbjørg Højfeldt Else
Paw Henriksen NP
Laura Bro Ditte
Niels Olsen Allentoft
Sarah Juel Werner Natalie
Rebecca Løgstrup Soltau Camilla
Lars Ranthe Preben 1
Lars Hjortshoj Preben 2
Andre Babikian
Lene Maria Christensen
Henrik Koefoed
Technical Credits
Susanne Bier Director, Original Story
Viggo Bentzon Art Director, Production Designer
Pernille Bech Christensen Editor
Def Leppard Cinematographer
Peter Garde Executive Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Producer
Anders Thomas Jensen Original Story, Screenwriter
Sisse Graum Jorgensen Producer
Sisse Graum Olsen Producer
Anne-Cathrine Sauerberg Makeup
Signe Sejlund Costumes/Costume Designer
Morten Søborg Cinematographer
Johan Söderqvist Score Composer
Per Streit Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brothers
1. Back in Action (Main Titles) [5:57]
2. Family Farewell [5:39]
3. On a Mission [5:09]
4. Declared Dead [5:50]
5. Paying Respect [3:46]
6. Held Captive [3:46]
7. The New Things Are [7:11]
8. Taking Responsibility [6:39]
9. Filling a Void [5:46]
10. Assisting the Enemy [5:17]
11. Do or Die [2:12]
12. Rescued [4:07]
13. Alive and Well [4:31]
14. Under Suspicion [7:27]
15. A Changed Man [4:34]
16. Feeling Guilty [8:46]
17. Uncontrolled Rage [4:01]
18. Lethal Confrontation [8:00]
19. Telling the Truth [6:18]
20. End Credits [6:19]
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Disc #1 -- Brothers
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      Spoken Language: Danish 5.1
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fragility and Strength: A Study of Family

    'Brødre'('Brothers') is a remarkable film from Denmark written by Anders Thomas Jensen and Susanne Bier who also directs this microscopic examination of the intricacies of family bonding, the significance of the blood ties between brothers, and the effects of one of the brutal realities of war on every individual member of a family. It is a tense drama made palpable by some phenomenal acting and direction. Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) and Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are polar opposites as brothers: Michael is his father's dream, a man who is committed to his family, his beautiful and devoted wife Sarah (Connie Nielsen) with whom he has two daughters, while Jannik is a carefree drifter who drinks too much and refuses to have the stable life his parents expect of him. Michael is off to war in Afghanistan and is in a tragic helicopter accident and reported as dead. When Sarah is informed her world crumbles, as does the mental state of her father-in-law. Jannik hears the news while drunk but slowly awakens to the awful reality that his brother is gone and his sister-in-law and nieces need the support he has never been able to muster. In Afghanistan we discover that Sarah's inclination that Michael is not really dead is true: Michael has been captured by the Taliban and the experience as a prisoner changes him indelibly, breaking his shell of perfection and he becomes vulnerable and fragile. When Michael returns home to the surprise of everyone the dynamics that have reversed between the family and Jannik and the force that bonds Michael and Jannik is challenged and we are left to examine the fallout. The script in Danish is supplemented with excellent subtitles in English, but one wonders if the words are even necessary - so fine is the acting of every actor involved. Connie Nielson is a major force in cinema today, a brilliant actor whose spectrum of dynamics appears endless. Both Thomsen and Kaas are equally fine in their difficult roles. This is a superlative work, a psychological drama that strikes chords of familiarity on many levels. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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