Brothers (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This tense, understated drama explores the complications of individual and social ethics stemming from the repercussions of war on one man and his family.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Bier, honored as an Emerging Master at the Seattle International Film Festival this year, is clearly a director to watch. In her hands, a story that could become melodramatic is gripping and heartbreaking.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Feels like an amalgam of newsreel and stage drama, but with the most potent aspects of both art forms.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Strong performances and scenes of the father's imprisonment in war camps make for tense viewing.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

At its core, Susanne Bier's wrenching portrayal of the shifting dynamics within a Danish family is really about survival, about how we cope in the face of shattering grief and what we'll do -- anything, really -- to save ourselves.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Keeps itself floating above the suds thanks to Bier's crisp and lively visual design, the general loveliness of her cast ... and her attention to small moments of arresting domestic authenticity.

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Jules Brenner

if every film I see is as satisfying a complex human drama as this, I wouldn't have much to gripe about.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

A profoundly affecting movie, one in which our sympathies lie with everyone.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A powerful, brutal, funny, tragic, vibrant, very human movie.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un drama familiar intimista y bien actuado sobre los efectos que puede producir un trauma en la vida de las personas, y sobre la oportunidad de cambiar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
One brother, recently released from prison, befriends his brother's wife, while the latter is believed dead in Afghanistan. We watch no film in a vacuum.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Brothers" is a film from Denmark that starts out with Michael(Ulrich Thomsen) who is an army major about to ship out to… More
Sarah Gaish
Incredibly compelling take on the consequences of war and how it affects the family, in particular the relationship between the two brothers. Contains a great… More
Panta Oz
A real Danish masterpiece directed by Susanne Bier... a movie which will hit you hard with it's potency... and leave you think about emotional… More
Cynthia S.
The original BROTHERS movie. I liked it alot better than the American version, even though I thought that one was good, too. There was just something much more… More
Joseph Eastmond
Now, I've seen beofre i saw the american version, so i don'tr remeber much abou ti, but i do know i liked it alot. Just as much as I liked the new… More

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