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Director: Susanne Bier     Starring: Ulrich Thomsen Connie Nielsen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40721560
UPC: 025192879227
UPC 14: 00025192879227
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in afghanistan.

"A tight, tense, extremely well-acted film.  Richard Roeper, Ebert and Roeper

Editor's Note
Connie Nielsen, who has played pivotal roles in such English-language films as GLADIATOR, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, and RUSHMORE, is the powerful and emotional heart of BROTHERS, a moving Danish film set in her home country. Directed by Susanne Bier (who made the Dogme 95 film OPEN HEARTS), BROTHERS tells the story of two very different brothers: Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is a drunken loser who has just been released from prison for bank robbery and assault, while Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) is a well-respected army major and family man, with a wife, Sarah (Nielsen), and two kids. But when Michael goes off on a mission to Afghanistan to rescue a captured radar man, his helicopter is shot down and he is assumed to have been killed in action. The news devastates Sarah and her in-laws, while Jannik becomes more reckless before stepping in to help her and the kids build a new life. But as Jannik and Sarah grow close, it is discovered that Michael has survived--and has done something that haunts him and threatens everything and everyone. Bier's film is filled with tender moments as well as bitter, frightening, fast-paced scenes that are hard to forget. Nielsen is a standout as Sarah, who tries to balance love and loss and then love again with a man she's not sure she knows anymore.


Video Features DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/20/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28792
Video UPC UPC: 00025192879227
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Danish
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Danish
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Connie Nielsen
Video Cast Info Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Video Cast Info Sarah Juel Werner
Video Cast Info Ulrich Thomsen
Video Cast Info Anders Thomas Jensen - Writer
Video Cast Info Johan Soderqvist - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Morten Soborg - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Pernille Bech Christensen, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info Peter Aalbaek Jensen, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Garde - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Susanne Bier - Director
Video Cast Info Susanne Bier - Story By
Video Cast Info Viggo Bentzon - Production Designer


Sundance Film Festival (2005)
Video Award Name Susanne Bier, Winner, Audience Award - World Cinema - Dramatic
   Video Award Name Susanne Bier, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"Thomsen's quietly simmering performance is BROTHERS' best asset..." 05/01/2005 p.45-46

New York Times
"[A] gripping psychological drama....With a fine balance of compassion and hardheadedness." 05/06/2005 p.E20

Los Angeles Times
"BROTHERS has an exact sense of emotional truth and a respect for the intricacy of character." 05/13/2005 p.E10

"[B]lessed with some of the most heartfelt performances you'll see in any film this year." 06/01/2005 p.140

Entertainment Weekly
"[E]xpressive storytelling, which accomplishes the rare feat of believably incorporating violence in another part of the world into an intimate study of shifting domestic relationships." 05/20/2005 p.54-56

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
...this is the kind of movie that doesn't solve everything at the end -- that observes some situations are capable not of solution but only of accommodation. That's more true to life than the countless movies with neat endings -- happy endings, and even sad ones. In the world, sometimes the problem comes and stays forever, and the question with the hardest answer is, well, OK, how are you going to live with it? - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Nielsen,Connie
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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